Mundine Fighting The Real Geale

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Daniel Geale has a 28-1 win loss record. Image courtesy of Wende
Daniel Geale’s professional record reads 28 wins from 29 fights, 15 by knockout. Last September he created boxing history when he became the first Australian-born fighter to unify two globally recognised titles in the same division when he scored a split decision points win over Felix Sturm in his native Germany. As well as Sturm, he has beaten two other former world champions in Sebastian Sylvester and Roman Karmazin.

Yet, one shadow hangs over the 31-year-old’s record. In May 2009, he lost his IBO Middleweight Title when a controversial split decision went the way of Anthony Mundine in Brisbane, handing Geale the only defeat of his pro career. The IBO ordered a rematch, but Mundine vacated the belt.

The former Dragons and Broncos rugby league star then baited Geale by saying he had barely studied him prior to the fight, and the war of words has continued since this stoush was announced late last year. The man known as ‘Choc’ created a media storm by questioning the Indigenous heritage of Geale and his wife, Sheena.

The softly-spoken Tasmanian is more likely to let his gloves do the talking on Wednesday night. Since going down to Mundine, his career has been on an upward trajectory and he is generally considered a far superior boxer. The same can’t be said of ‘The Man’; he lost to another former league player, Garth Wood, in 2010, and his most recent bout was a 7th round TKO victory over 41-year-old American Bronco McKart which marked his debut in the US.

While Geale has won seven straight fights since going down to Mundine, five of those have been by decision . The other two have been TKOs , but both came late in fights; in the 11th round against Kariz Kariuki and then in the 12th and final round over Karmazin.

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