BRISBANE, Australia – His name evokes that of a boxing legend. And Dundee Kim hopes to produce one four days from now.
The strength and conditioning coach of Jeff Horn is hopeful the Australian challenger would be able to pull off an upset in his first attempt at a world title just by staring at how reigning champion Manny Pacquiao looks.
Kim said the 38-year-old boxing icon appeared not really in shape for his defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship Sunday at the Suncorp Stadium here.
“It’s rather strange but Pacquiao looks like he didn’t prepare the work. He’s not ready,” said Kim, a native of South Korea, who migrated here 20 years ago.
“It seems he underestimates Horn and that’s a mistake.”
The statement obviously was in stark contrast to what Pacquiao’s camp had been insisting he’s made himself ready for his first fight in eight months since regaining the welterweight crown with a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas last November.
“I’m sure he’s going to bring it, we’re going to bring it also. This is one of the best training camps we’ve had,” said Pacquiao long-time trainer Freddie Roach.
But Kim believes Horn, 29, is obviously better prepared than the champion.
He revealed the Australian was subjected to a special diet called ‘Nutrition Kim’ specifically for the Pacquiao bout.
The conditioning coach, who was with the military in South Korea prior to coming over here, is an owner of a gym (Dundee Boxing &Fitness gym), whose clients, especially those who are nutritionists, had been helping Horn to get into shape the past two years already.
The 49-year-old Kim said he first came over Down Under as an MBA student, who also took up theologian ministry.
And lest be forgotten, he wasn’t named after the late great legendary trainer Angelo Dundee.
“My Korean naman is Deuk-Rae-Kim and friends called me Dundee after the movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’,” he recalled. “Dundee is well-known in Australian names so I stick to Dundee which everyone remembers.
Certainly, fans would do the same for Horn if and when he gets to beat Pacquaio inside the ring.