THE fighting pride of Tasmania Daniel Geale stands alone at the top of Australian boxing after destroying Anthony Mundine in Sydney last night.
Geale dominated the IBF world middleweight title fight, perhaps silencing “The Man” permanently with a unanimous points win.
Geale ground the self-proclaimed “Australia’s greatest athlete” into the Sydney Entertainment Centre canvas with his pure boxing skills and class.
At the final bell, after another Geale-dominated round, Mundine jumped on the corner buckle in triumph but it was obvious even from everyone in the 12,000-strong crowd who the winner would be as the judges scored it the champ’s way 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
Mundine showed mock disgust at the verdict but it could hardly have been more clear cut.
The only aspect missing from Geale’s performance was the knock-out punch to put an exclamation mark on the bout.
Clearly out pointed, Mundine never got close to hitting the floor despite Geale’s domination.
“I hurt him a few times and I was disappointed I didn’t go on with it and give everyone what they wanted,”Geale said post fight.
The defeat should be Mundine’s last chance for a major world crown while hopefully only the bright lights of Las Vegas await the Tasmanian boxing star.
It was the biggest fight in recent Australian boxing history, and the 31-year-old from Launceston could not have been more impressive — except for that killer blow.
Unfortunately for Mundine, his fists were nowhere near as fast as his tongue that dominated the pre-bout hysterics.
From the outset, Mundine appeared tentative, while Geale landed the first decisive punch — a left hook on the Man’s chin.
In the third, Mundine was warned twice for headbutting as if even he started to lose faith in his own hype, and later resorted to an elbow as he was repeatedly spoken to, but had no points deducted.
Even when Mundine attacked, Geale would close up then sprint out on the offensive, with his left causing Mundine the most trouble, either straight or hook.
Geale was busier and his energy was palpable as Mundine was made to look every bit of the six year’s difference between him and the younger champ.
It was the only blot on Geale’s professional record but now has been completely dissolved.
Since that controversial defeat in Brisbane, Geale has taken the attitude of anyone anytime, while Mundine has battled no-names from boxing’s retirement home and reality TV winners.
The difference in their careers was obvious as Geale showed the form that saw him become the first Australian to win two world titles — the IBF and WBA — in Germany.
Reprinted from The Mercury