by Ray Wheatly — World of Boxing
Former world IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about his recent disputed split decision loss to Anthony Mundine and reveals his thoughts on the decision, the knockdown in round two, on the tactics he used, about Mundine’s tapes coming loose on five diferent ocassions, and why having top sparring partners, IBF#4 Sakio Bika, WBA#10 Daniel Edouard and Rob Medley got him in the best shape of his career.
“I think we were all very disappointed by the decision of the fight against Mundine. He fought a good fight but I felt he didnt do enough to beat me. I have watched the fight a few times now and I would give Mundine 3-4 rounds maximum but unfortunately in boxing those that deserve the decision dont always get it. You just need to move on and keep striving for your dreams. I got hit with a good punch but it was more me being out of balance as I was going backwards, it didnt hurt me.” said Geale
“We knew going in there Mundine doesnt like pressure and we would be taking him out of his comfort zone. It was one of the plans going into the fight. We worked a lot of different angles. It was definitely a ploy (about tapes coming loose) and we expected plenty of games from them, but to go beyond the joke and pull the same trick 5 times? I guess we had hoped more control would have been taken.” said Geale.”Our preparation was 1st class. The training camp went along smoothly. My trainer Graham Shaw stepped up the level of training and I responded well. I would say it is the fittest I have ever been. I had great starring partners for my preparation. Rob and Sakio really helped me prepare well but having Daniel Edouard also made me really step it up. I Couldnt count all the rounds. I know it was alot though.” said Geale.
“Daniel is back at the Grange gym training and we will make a decision soon on his next opponent. We know he has the skills to be the best middleweight in the world. The IBO is expected to order a rematch but Mundine has stated he is after the WBA title held by Felix Sturm. Winner of the 2007 Contender series, Sakio Bika who was at ringside for the Mundine vs Geale fight. Daniel Geale won the fight in my opinion.” said Geale’s manager, Bill Treacy.