Daniel Geale

Geale joins greats as new world champ

DANIEL Geale sent six millions Germans into meltdown this morning when he did the next-to-impossible – beating a German world champion on German soil.

Geale is the new IBF middleweight world champion after a stunning split decision win against champion Sebastian Sylvester.

American judge Steve Epstein scored it 118-110 to Geale, Scottish judge Marcus McDonnell scored it 118-112 to Geale, while Denmark’s Berit Andreason scored Sylvester the winner 118-110.

The disparity among the judges was alarming but, fortunately, this time it fell in the Australian’s favour.

“Australia should be very proud,” Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw said.

The fight, televised on Main Event this morning, was also shown on commercial television to six million viewers across Germany.

News of Geale’s win will catapult him among the biggest names in Australian boxing.

No, not Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, both of whom failed to win their world title bids when they travelled to Germany.

He joins only three other Australian born fighters to win the world title on foreign soil – Jimmy Carruthers, Lionel Rose and Jeff Harding – who are all bonafide Australian legends.

Geale, 30, is at the peak of his powers and is set to reward legitimate Australian fight fans who know the difference between a genuine fighter and a celebrity boxer.

Unfortunately, few others do.

His only loss was against Mundine – a decision the IBO later overruled, pordering a rematch. It failed to go ahead because Mundine changed divisions.

Both fighters came into the fight in superb condition and set up their assaults behind tight defence.

While Sylvester took control of centre ring early and kept it behind a jab that pumped out from the first round to the last.

However Geale more often got the better of the exchanges, and outworked Sylvester throughout.

When the 12th round ended and it was clear it was going to the judges, the question – given the closeness of so many rounds – was what were the judges scoring?

That is the only way you can explain the difference between Epstein’s scorecard and Andreason’s.

Reprinted from The Daily Telegraph

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  1. Jack Ass May 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Well done Daniel & best of luck for the future, a true Tassie fighter.

  2. Trevor May 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Great job with the fight was up at 4am to make sure I wouldnt miss it, can’t wait for your next big one hopefully it’s here in aus would love to see you fight live, keep up the good work we where all cheering for you this morning,congratulations from a group of die hard fans in Melbourne

  3. simonh May 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Good on you Daniel Geale. You’re a legend.

  4. Mark May 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Great Professional Performance Danny. Forget Mundine he’s below you now. Go and unify the division. they’ll all come knockin now. well done

  5. Daniel May 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Great job champ. You deserve it!

  6. Daniel May 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Great job champ. You deserve it

  7. TIGERTIGER May 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Great work Daniel

    Im so glad you won that title overseas,puts you in an elite group of Australian boxers and well done mate.

    Hope to see you at another Tigers match.

  8. phillip May 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    simply the best better than all the rest
    well done mate

  9. Sox May 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Brilliant work Daniel, I’ve known for years that you’d get there. You remind me of Joe Calzaghe with your work rate, stamina, and angles. Continue upwards and unify, and like someone else said, don’t go down the Mundine road, you don’t need him.

  10. Richard May 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Good on you Daniel. Fought your way to a World tittle. A true champion. Your a great representative for Aussie boxing. Will be watching and cheering every fight.Bring on the WBA WBC.

  11. House September 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

    What a legend…true character of a ‘fighter’…went down against Mundine came back to win the belts…dodged no one on the way…CHAMPION

  12. glen wood September 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    wlelcome home champ, great effort and well said house, dodged no one on your rise to the top, please forget about Mundine for now mate your in a completely different league now. All the best

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