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Geale-Karmazin on Oct 31

Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world IBF 154 pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin ( 40-3-2, 26 KOs) will travel to Sydney, Australia to clash with Daniel Geale ( 23-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF eliminator on October 31. The victor will challenge the winner of IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester vs Mahir Oral, also in October. In June Karmazin boxed a twelve round draw against Sylvester in Germany.

Born in Kuznetsk, Russia, the 37-year-old Karmazin is now based in Los Angeles, California. He captured the IBF jr middleweight crown in 2005 when he clearly outscored Kasim Ouma over twelve rounds. In an upset, the 5’11 Karmazin was stopped in ten rounds by Alex Bunema in 2008, when it was reported he took the fight when suffering from a virus.

Former amateur star Daniel Geale, 5’10, suffered his only loss as a professional when he dropped a disputed twelve round decision to former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine in 2009 when nearly all boxing writers at ringside had Geale a clear winner.

In Geale’s most recent fight he stopped Kariz Kariuki in eleven rounds in 2010. Geale was born in Launceston, Tasmania but is now based in Sydney where he trains at the Grange gymnasium under the expert eye of Graham Shaw.

On the same show negotiations are taking place for Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) to punch it out with Mexican Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF Eliminator with the winner to meet IBF champion Miguel Vasquez.

Antillon’s only loss came at the hands of Miguel Acosta in nine rounds for WBA title. Zappavigna captured the IBO lightweight title in 2010 when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve. Lenny also holds a win over former IBF 130 pound champion Gairy St Claire.

Promoter is Bill Treacy. Televised on Foxtel Main Event Pay-Per-View.

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