By Craig Watt
Unbeaten IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13KO’s) defends his title against former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23KO’s) at the Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on May 27th. He is gaining increasing support that the 28 year old former Australian amateur star could provide an upset against the current ranked WBA#1 Mundine. Indeed, two major sporting bets in Australia this week have backed Geale to win sums of $120,000 should the current IBO champion win against the 33 year old Mundine. Geale, from Tasmania enjoyed over 160 amateur fights and was an Olympian at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and won a Gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has developed an impressive unbeaten record in twenty one fights. He won the IBO middleweight title in December 2007 when he out pointed Daniel Dawson over twelve rounds and in his last defence in March 2009, stopped veteran Canadian Ian Mackillop inside a round with impressive power. He is also ranked WBO#7 and WBC#11 and IBF#10 at middleweight. The IBO title fight at 160 pounds with Mundine will be shown on PPV in Australia on Main Events on May 27th.
The biggest Australian match up in history could see a re-match between former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) and former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. Their first bout in 2006 attracted over 35,000 fans at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney and this week the Alice Springs Town Council has approached both camps to hold the bout at the ANZAC Oval. Alice Springs is the geographical centre of Australia and has an extensive aboriginal history and culture which is attracting Team Mundine to the proposal. Mundine’s manager, Khoder Nasser told ABC News, “There is an obvious attraction to this proposal – Anthony is an aboriginal and he has always wanted to fight in the Northern Territory where there is a lot of indigenous people and he feels he owes it to his people to have a fight there. With the government interested in putting the fight on in Alice Springs it is an offer that we must seriously consider.” Danny Green has always hinted that a re-match should be held in his hometown of Perth at the Subiaco Oval where there could be a potential crowd of 40,000.
Unbeaten jr-welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (18-0, 13 KO’s) continues his impressive progress when he takes on experienced Moses Seran (20-13, 10KO’s) from Indonesia in Sydney, New South Wales on the 29th May. The 21 year old has impressed with his speed and boxing ability thus far and comes off an impressive twelve rounds points win against former IBF super-featherweight champion Gairy St. Clair in his last bout in March in Cambelltown, Sydney. Another impressive performance should see the prospect move into the world rankings in 2009. He has already won the Australian lightweight title in just his fifth professional fight and has performed well so far in his native Australia.
It is reported in the UK that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will wait until June before making an announcement about his ring future following his recent loss to Manny Pacquiao. Australian lightweight contender, Michael Katsidis still awaits in the wings for a possible comeback fight and his manager Brendon Smith has re-affirmed this week, “It is up to Ricky – we are here and prepared to come to the UK and his home town of Manchester but we know it is an important decision for him. All we can do is tell everyone we are willing and able to make this match.”