Former Sparring Partners Face Off

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Daniel Geale on the hunt for more world title glory. Source: Photo Wende/

This is Daniel Geale’s first fight since surrendering his IBF world middleweight crown to Englishman Darren Barker in Atlantic City last August. Despite the agony of the close split-points decision going against him, the 32-year-old still yearns for more world title glory. This bout is seen by many as a stepping stone to a possible showdown with Kazakhstan's dual world champion, Gennady Golovkin. With a record of 29-2, including 15 by knockout , Geale holds notable victories over former world champs Roman Karmazin, Sebastian Sylvester, Anthony Mundine and Felix Sturm.

Before looking too far ahead, Geale admits Garth Wood is a dangerous opponent. The 35-year-old former rugby league player is a brawler and a mauler, who likes to swarm his opponents. He’s no mug either, having floored Mundine in December 2010 at Acer Arena with a left-hook which sent the ‘The Man’ to the canvas .

Wood has had 14 professional fights, winning 10 (6 by KO), losing three, and drawing one. To prepare for the ‘Real Deal’ whose last six bouts were all world title fights, ‘Team Wood’ has enlisted the help of classy American Danny Jacobs as chief sparring partner. Jacobs is currently ranked fifth in the WBC and IBF, sixth in WBO and eighth in WBA. That places him just behind Geale in the rankings and an ideal training partner for Wood.

The two boxers bring vastly different qualities to the ring. Geale has silky technical skills and wants to show his fans and boxing authorities that he’s still one of the best ranked fighters in the world. On the other hand, Wood  is fearless, a wild puncher who loves to put pressure on opponents from the outset.

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