By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott and Louie Abigail
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) stopped Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) in round six of a scheduled twelve round bout at the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs on Wednesday. Geale displayed good punching power as he dropped Wood in rounds one, five and six. Referee Charlie Lucas deducted a point from Geale for a low blow in round two. Geale controlled all the rounds outworking his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations that visibly hurt Wood. The corner of Wood retired their boxer at the conclusion of round six. Geale went to Wood’s corner and embraced him for his bravery. There had been tension between both before the contest
Geale said “That’s what prize-fighting is about. You guys want to see a bit of anger but you can also see that we can be human as well.”
On this performance Daniel Geale says he would be excellent challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
“My ambition is to recapture a world title and bring it back to Australia,” said Geale. “I will do whatever it takes to regain my status as the middleweight champion of the world. With Wood out of the way, the doors have opened for other big fights. I believe Gennady Golovkin and I would make for a great fight. If HBO can bring that fight to fruition then I’m all for it. Golovkin needs to fight someone of my caliber to be considered elite. The fans deserve a great competitive fight and that’s what Golovkin and I bring to the table.”
“I would have fought Golovkin already had there been a PPV date, but there was none available. My promoters Gary Shaw, Bill Treacy and Garrie Francisco believe this fight can happen and that’s the direction I want to go. The same style I fought against Wood is what I anticipate would be successful against Golovkin. It would be a great fight for the fans.”
In other action, heavyweight Football star Paul Gallen (1-0, 1 KO) stopped New Zealander Herman Purcell (1-2, 1 KOs) in the second round of scheduled four. Gallen, 226 pounds, was dropped in round one compliments of perfectly delivered left hook but swarmed all over Purcell, 249 pounds, connecting with solid shots to the head and body and at 2:53 referee Gary Dean crowned Gallen.
New Zealand light heavyweight Robert Berridge (23-1-1, 19 KOs) stopped Kerry Foley (14-2-1, 12 KOs) in round ten of scheduled twelve to retain the PABA title. Referee Charlie Lucas called it off at 2.12 when Foley could not continue from solid body shot. Is Berridge destined for international recognition?
Former Australian cruiserweight champion Brad “Hollywood” Pitt (15-0, 12 KOs) dropped New Zealander Emosii Solitua (4-1, 3 KOs) in round one and referee Charlie Lucas crowned Pitt KO winner at 2:42 when the import could not beat the ten count.
Australian cruiserweight Shane Quinn (8-1-1, 6 KOs) stopped New Zealander Jake Revill (7-1, 3 KOs) in round four of a scheduled six. Quinn, 37 years old, was crowned the winner over the 26-year-old Revill at 1:”13.
Former Miss Universe entrant Lauryn Eagle (8-4-1, 3 KOs) was upset by Shari Ranger (1-1) over six rounds by scores of 58-56, 58-56, 58-56.
Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised on Main Event Pay-Per-View
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Photos below by Louie Abigail