By Miguel Maravilla
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) and former two time world champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) of Australia continued their press conference tour Tuesday afternoon at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport. The two will square off Saturday July 26 for Golovkin’s titles at the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden in New York live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
The press conference began as K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler welcomed everyone in attendance and talked about the upcoming showdown. “I am thankful for Daniel Geale for taking this fight, this will be a very intriguing fight Daniel is clearly the most accomplished best known performer,” Loeffler said. “I feel it’s big time now, especially at the big arena in Madison Square Garden.”
Geale’s promoter Gary Shaw was also present as he spoke about his fighter and the matchup. “This is going to be a terrific fight, I believe Golovkin is a great fighter and champion we acknowledge that. I certainly feel Daniel Geale is the stiffest opponent Golovkin has faced. July 26 you will see one hell of a fight at the end of the night we will be talking about Daniel Geale.”
The former world champion Daniel Geale followed after being introduced by Gary Shaw. “It’s going to be a huge fight. I am feeling good. It’s a great fight. I see myself coming back to win the title. I’m confident in my ability. I’m excited it’s at Madison Square Garden. It’s a huge venue. I have my job to do.”
Team Golovkin followed as respected trainer Abel Sanchez spoke about his matchup. “We as a team are excited about this challenge. I know Graham Shaw is going to have Daniel Geale extremely ready for this fight. We’re looking forward to a difficult twelve round fight. it’s a challenge,” stated Sanchez.
Gennady Golovkin was all smiles as always, remaining brief and respectful of Geale.
“I respect Daniel and his team. He is a great champion. I want to thank HBO for making this special. Watch on July 26 at Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin told the media.
Starting off the year with an impressive seventh round TKO over Osumanu Adama in February in his first fight of 2014, Golovkin dropped Adama three times before the fight was stopped. Prior to that Golovkin had an impressive 2013 campaign stopping Curtis Stevens, Matthew Macklin, Nobuhiro Ishida, and Gabriel Rosado. His wins over Stevens and Rosado took place at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden as “GGG” returns to headline at the Garden.
“He is an ex-champion, a smart guy, a fighter, this is a big test for me,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com afterward. “He has good conditioning. He’s from Australia and has that Australian style. This will be a challenge.”
For Geale he is coming off a six round technical decision over Garth Wood in February. In his previous fight Geale lost the IBF middleweight title to Darren Barker by a razor thin disputed split decision. Geale has also been in the ring with and holds wins over former world champions Anthony Mundine, Felix Sturm, Sebastian Sylvester, and Roman Karmazin.
“We are excited for this fight, fighting for titles at Madison Square Garden. This fight is huge for me. I want to show the American people what I am about,” Daniel Geale told us. “Golovkin is a great champion he has good skills…It’s going to be a great fight especially worth watching. I am coming to win.”
“I have fought in the theatre, now I am fighting in the big arena. It’s very important for me in the Mecca of boxing. This will be fun!” Golovkin said.
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