A group of schoolteachers, inspired by Jeff Horn’s recent win over former NRL rugby player Anthony Mundine, staged a raid on the training facility of the Brisbane Broncos, where they proceeded to wreak havoc on the likes of Jack Bird and skipper Darius Boyd…
Nothing of the sort happened and rumours that some rugby players might hop codes and start teaching Algebra and English at some of Australia’s educational institutions are not true, either.
Horn put Mundine on the canvas in just over half a round, with the referee stopping the fight after one minute and 36 seconds.
If the world were just, the people who shelled out $59.95 for the pay-per-view rights to the broadcast of the Suncorp Stadium fight would rightly receive a $57.46 refund.
It was worth the price, however, to learn the secret of Horn’s boxing success.
All it requires is for Horn to be put in the ring alongside boxers in their forties.
Mundine was past prime time some years ago and had not fought save twice since 2015.
In other boxing news, the big heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury ended in a split-decision draw, which only added to the fury of pay-per-viewers, who would have preferred a decision, but at least they got a wild one to watch.
Is it time to introduce extra-time to boxing?
Re-introduce, actually. Many years in the past, big fights such as Wilder v Fury would have been contested as Fights to the Finish, but that method of deciding things was declared barbaric at some past point in time.
Both Wilder and Fury can still go about billing themselves as undefeated, but they should be compelled to include an asterisk, with fine print at the bottom disclosing the drawn result.
Wilder was a four-point winner on the card of one judge, a four-point loser on the second and a tie on the card of the third judge.
The two widely disparate outcomes are how the sport has managed to retain a following.