Grange Old School Boxing, Gary Shaw Productions and Anthony Mundine promotions in association with Destination NSW are delighted to announce The Sydney Entertainment Centre has won the right to host Mundine v Geale II on Wednesday, January 30.
For those that can’t make it to The Sydney Entertainment Centre, MAIN EVENT pay-per-view will provide live and exclusive coverage of the entire card through FOXTEL and at selected FOX SPORTS pubs and clubs.
“This is the fight Australia wants to see and I’m thrilled that it will take place in my hometown of Sydney” IBF champion Daniel Geale said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve fought in Sydney and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to defend my title in front of the fans that have supported me on my quest to become the best middleweight in the world”.
The announcement marks a homecoming for Anthony Mundine, who returns to his ‘spiritual home’ for the eighth time as a professional. “I’ve had some of my best fights in this venue and I can’t wait to get back here again on January 30” Mundine said. “I made my pro debut and won my first world title here, it’s a special place for me and in January I’m gonna write another chapter in my legacy by stopping Daniel Geale”.
Co-promoter Garrie Francisco declared that while the offers from interstate were compelling, this is a fight that needed to take place in Sydney. “Sydney has a proud history of hosting big fights, dating right back to when Jack Johnson fought Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight title in 1908” Mr Francisco said. “I truly believe this is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and I have no doubt that with the support of Destination NSW and a few other announcements regarding the undercard to come, this event will live long in the memory of all those that attend.”
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, also welcomed the announcement. “Today’s announcement reinforces Sydney’s position as a global events city, with the NSW sports events calendar fast becoming the benchmark for other states” Mr. Souris said. “The IBF world middleweight title fight between Anthony Mundine and Daniel Geale is expected to draw more than 2000 interstate visitors and generate almost $4million in overnight visitor expenditure”.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley said: “This is the first time two Australian’s have fought for the IBF world middleweight title.” “Danny is the current IBF champion and became only the fourth Australian to unify world titles when he claimed the WBA belt in September”.
Anthony is a former WBA and IBO world champion in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions. “Everyone is aware of the intense rivalry between the pair and it promises to be an adrenaline charged match between two great champions,” Mr. Annesley said.
The stage is set for the most anticipated boxing event in Australian sports history – whose side are you on?