By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (29-1,15 KOs) retained the title by outscoring Anthony “The Man” Mundine (44-5,26 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. Ray Reed had it 117-111, Charlie Lucas 116-112, Tony Marretta 117-111. Geale controlled the action in most of the rounds as he boxed from the orthodox stance and connected consistently with accurate combinations to the head and body. Referee Robert Byrd cautioned Mundine twice in round three for use of the head and in round four for holding and hittindg and again in round six for use of the head. Mundine was warned in round seven for use of the elbow. Geale and Mundine were both warned for hitting on back of the head round eight. Mundine showed good power and fast hands, but was visibly hurt several times during the bout although he survived to hear the final bell.
IBF President Daryl Peoples travelled to Australia to supervise the Mundine vs Geale and strapped the IBF championship belt on Daniel Geale
This was the first world title bout between two aboriginal boxers. Geale has targeted WBC champion Sergio Martinez and WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, and his next fight will be in May against the winner of Friday’s Sturm vs. Soliman contest in Germany.
Geale said, “It was a hard fight and I had to dig deep against Mundine. He came in very fit and tried all his tricks but we done the job. I have a great team behind me at the Grange and Gary Shaw also. We want to fight the best, Sergio Martinez and Julio Chavez Jr, also the best middleweights in England.”
Mundine stated, “I walked into a ambush tonight. Geale only hit me three times in the twelve rounds. I hurt him a dozen times.”
Promoter Bill Treacy said “We were very pleased with Daniel’s performance. He showed improvement but I believe he can keep improving. Daniel has now got a great profile in Australia where there fans will support him here in my opinion. It will make it possible to promote the winner of Felix Sturm vs Sam Soliman in Australia. I am sure it will do a similar number of 9,000 fans to watch the fight. 2013 will be a big year for Daniel Geale.”
American heavyweight Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KOs) AKA Kevin Ferguson showed why he has a huge following around the world as he came out throwing bombs against Shane Tilyard (6-7, 6 KOs) in round one of the scheduled four round contest. Both Tilyard and Slice connected with power shots that had them on unsteady legs but eventually the American delivered the KO blow to the rib cage in round two and at 2.09 referee Les Fear counted ten over Tilyard. “I didn’t know Aussie’s could punch like that,” said Slice. “Tilyard was a great puncher but I can take a punch and also deliver the big punch. I have great trainer in former world champion John David Jackson and top promoter in Gary Shaw. I had a great time in Australia while I was here.”
WBO #3 featherweight “Aussie” Joel Brunker (25-0, 14 KOs) scored a clear eight round points decision over former world champion Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (26-7-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico. Hernandez pumped out his left jab and boxed on the back move in all of the rounds but was trapped continually on the ropes by the aggressive Brunker who delivered solid head and body shots. Brunker suffered a cut above the right eye in round four due to an accidental head clash. Doctor Lou Lewis inspected but allowed it okay to continue. Cornerman Brian Willmont controlled the bleeding through the remainder of the contest. Scores at the conclusion 80-72, 80-72, 80-72 Brunker is trained by John Barber and managed by Angelo DiCarlo. Brunker’s USA promoter is Gary Shaw
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (27-5-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended the title against hard punching David Aloua(8-1, 5 KOs) over ten action rounds. Aloua hurt Ammann with power right hand shots in rounds one, two, five and eight but the southpaw champion boxed his way out of trouble each connecting with accurate right jabs.. Aloua tired visibly in the final rounds but gamely finished to hear the final bell. Scores 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. Aloua is trained by 1974 world middleweight challenger Tony Mundine.
Miss Universe Entrant and former world water ski champion Lauryn Eagle (6-3-1, 3 KOs) captured the Australian lightweight crown by outpointing durable Nadine Brown (2-3-1) over eight rounds. Eagle, showing big improvement with each contest, outworked Brown in most of the rounds. All round sportswoman a Eagle is contemplating a football career.
Classy super middleweight Jamie Pittman (22-3, 9 KOs) made a successful return to the ring and showed outstanding skills to outscore tough Zac Awad (18-3-1, 7 KOs) over eight rounds by scores 80-72,80-72,80-72. Pittman suffered a cut eye due to accidental head clash in round five and the referee Les Fear had Doctor Lou Lewis inspect who ruled it okay to continue.. Awad was aggressive in all the round but was outworked by the former WBA middleweight challenger Pittman who boxing from the southpaw stance connected consistenly with the right jab.Former Athens 2004 Olympian, Pittman is trained by Graham Shaw who also trains IBF champ Daniel Geale. Pittman challenged Felix Sturm for the WBA middleweight title in 2007.
Attendance was 9,500 for the bout, which was televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View. The promoters were Bill Treacy, Gary Shaw and Tony Mundine. Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon.