Mundine off the mat and on the rebound

AT THE PEAK: Mundine is eyeing a win over Sergey Rabchenko.
AT THE PEAK: Mundine is eyeing a win over Sergey Rabchenko. Mark Metcalfegetty IMAGES

DESPITE coming off one of the worst beatings of his boxing career, Anthony Mundine has declared himself to be in the "prime of my life" on the eve of his career-defining stoush with unbeaten WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Sergey Rabchenko at Melbourne's Hisense Arena tonight.

Mundine told his legion of Facebook followers elite athletes achieved greatness with 10 years or 10,000 hours of training behind them.

"I was at the top of the rugby league players," the 39-year-old posted on Facebook.

"I then started my boxing career at 25. Therefore I think I'm in my prime. I'm here to win. I will win."

But according to Sportsbet, punters have had enough of Mundine's boasts, the latest being that when he disposes of Rabchenko he will go after unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, who fights Amir Khan for another world title in January.

"This looks to be the end of Mundine's decorated 15-year career in the ring with punters deserting him in this fight," Sportsbet's Christian Jantzen said.

Mundine's Belarusian rival is 11 years his junior at 28 and is unbeaten in 25 fights.

Rabchenko (pictured), prepared by England's multi-world champion Ricky Hatton, will have more crowd support than he thinks because of Mundine's ability to polarise the public, some who openly admit they hope the former St George Dragons rugby league star gets knocked out.

Many believe the hiding Mundine copped in his last lost to Joshua Clottey, who put him on the canvas seven times in his unanimous points decision win, has impaired the Aussie's thinking in getting in the ring with a fighter on his way up who has 18 knockouts in an unblemished career so far.

But, as we all know, one thing Mundine doesn't lack is confidence and he believes with his superior ring experience with 52 fights (46 wins) he will be too smart for Rabchenko.

Mundine is $4 to win on points and $11.50 to win inside the 12 rounds, while Rabchenko is $1.24 to win.

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