By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale remembers his amateur bout with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in Osaka, Japan at the 2001 East Asian Games in the welterweight division. Geale had defeated Naoki Hirata of Japan before meeting Golovkin. He cannot remember Golovkin as a power puncher and is confident he can defeat Golovkin in the professional ranks.
“It was at the East Asian Games in Japan and he beat me on points,” Geale said. “To be honest I fought like crap. I think he got me 15-3, so it was just a fight to forget for me. That fight wouldn’t carry any weight at all if we fought as professionals – I can hardly even remember it. At that tournament the Kazakhstan fighters all had good footwork, and good power and the thing I really noticed at the time was that they really used the distance well in their fights. That’s something that I’ve learnt over the years. A hell of a lot has changed since we met as amateurs.” Daniel Geale will defend the IBF middleweight title against Darren Barker in Atlantic City on August 17