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