By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
Hard punching middleweight and WBA #13 Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) is a heavy underdog with betting agencies but is confident he can defeat former IBF/WBA champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds on Wednesday at the Hordern Pavillion in Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs. Woods has had American IBF #5/WBC #5/WBA #8 middleweight Daniel Jacobs as his chief sparring partner, which has him in the best shape of his career and ready to upset Geale.
Geale made two trips to the scale and on second attempt was 160 lbs. Wood weighed in at 159 lbs.
Garth Wood: “The role I’m playing is the underdog and that’s exactly how I want it. The runs are on the board with what Geale has done, 300 amateur fights and legitimate world championships, but I’m very confident with what I have in front of me.”
Daniel Geale: “Every fighter is dangerous and always dangerous in their own way. Garth has got that puncher’s ability and he has got that strength. I just can’t relax with him. I know if I use my skills and box the way I know I can then I’ll be okay. But he can definitely be dangerous.”
Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised on Main Event Pay-Per-View