By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine is confident he will be the new IBF middleweight champion on January 30 when he clashes with reigning titleholder Daniel “Real Deal” Geale at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine is not impressed with Geale dethroning Germany’s Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm in 2011 and 2012 for IBF and WBA middleweight titles respectively.
“I don’t believe he’s a better fighter than he was 2009,” Mundine said. “Sylvester? I’d beat him with one hand. I’d beat Sturm all day. I respect Daniel Geale and what he’s done. I respect him. Time and time again he’s proven himself. But we have one problem – I’m better.”
Geale has other ideas about who will have their hand raised and says he does not have revenge on his mind despite Mundine being awarded a disputed twelve split decision in a 2009 IBO middleweight title bout. His focus is on “setting things right,” Geale said.
“In that first fight, I was still young, fairly raw,” he stated. “To me, it’s not about revenge. It’s about setting things right. I don’t have anything spiteful about him. I believe I’m a much better fighter than I was then.”
Geale is a solid betting favorite with Australian bookmakers.