Daniel Geale

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Daniel Geale
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Geale in March 2013
Nickname(s) Real Deal
Rated at Middleweight
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Reach 180 cm (71 in)
Nationality Australian
Born (1981-02-26) 26 February 1981 (age 35)
Launceston, Tasmania,
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 31
Wins by KO 16
Losses 4

Daniel Geale (born 26 February 1981) is an Australian professional boxer. He is a former unified middleweight champion, having won the IBF middleweight title in 2011 and the WBA (Super) title in 2012, as well as the IBO middleweight title in 2007. As an amateur, Geale won a gold medal in the welterweight division at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Early life[edit]

Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Geale is of mixed British and Aboriginal ancestry.

Amateur career[edit]

Other than winning the 2002 Commonwealth Games at welterweight, Geale also represented his native country at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He lost in the first round to Italy's Leonard Bundu.[1] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2]

Amateur Highlights[edit]

  • 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia as a welterweight:
    • Lost to Leonard Bundu (Italy) 2:4
  • 2001 East Asian Games in Osaka, Japan:
    • Defeated Naoki Hirata (Japan) +12-12
    • Lost to Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan) 3-15
  • 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, won Gold Medal:
    • Defeated Tsetsi Davis (Jamaica) rsf
    • Defeated Tony Cesay (Sle) 25-13
    • Defeated Daniel Codling (New Zealand) 27-13
    • Defeated Kwanele Zulu (South Africa)
  • 2002 World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan:
    • Lost to Mustafa Karagollu (Turkey)
    • Lost to Yudel Jhonson (Cuba) RSC 2
  • 2003 World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand

Professional career[edit]

Geale turned pro in 2004, knocking out Danny Bellert in the third round. He then went on to build a record of 17 bouts for 17 wins with 12 KO's. On 14 December 2007, Geale fought for the IBO Middleweight Championship of the world against another undefeated Australian, Daniel Dawson, who was 29-0-0 with 20 KO's coming into the fight. Geale outclassed Dawson over 12 rounds to win the IBO Middlewight title with the judges scoring the bout 120-110, 120-110 and 119-109.

In June 2008, Geale defended his IBO Middleweight Championship with another 12 round unanimous decision over Geard Ajetovic. In December 2008, Geale faced Daniel MacKinnon in a non title bout. Geale was down in the 8th, McKinnon was down in the 4th, 6th & twice in the 8th, Geale won a unanimous decision with judges scoring the bout 100-87, 100-87, 100-88. In March 2009 Geale defeated Ian MacKillop with a first round knockout but in May of that year he lost his next fight in a controversial split decision to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine to lose his IBO middleweight title. Mundine later stated that he hardly studied Geale during his training camp for the fight. Geale however, would rebound from the controversial defeat with 3 wins including an IBF Eliminator setting himself up for a world title shot.

1st Middleweight Major Title[edit]

In May 2011, Geale defeated Sebastian Sylvester in Germany by split decision (scores of 118-110, 118-112, 110-118) to become the new IBF middleweight world champion. In August 2011, he made his first successful title defense against contender Eromosele Albert, winning by unanimous decision. Geale made his second successful IBF title defense by defeating Ghana's Osumanu Adama via unanimous decision (scores of 118-110, 117-111, 115-113) on the 7th Of March 2012.

Title unification against Felix Sturm & 2nd Major Title[edit]

On 1 September 2012 Geale defeated long time WBA champion Felix Sturm in Oberhausen, Germany via split decision (scores of 116-112, 116-112, 112-116), thus unifying the WBA title with his already held IBF title .[3]

Being unified champion was short-lived however as two months after winning the WBA title, Geale was stripped of it for choosing to fight Anthony Mundine in a rematch over mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin. Geale was punished for Sturm's refusal to fight mandatory challengers when he was champion. When Geale won the title, the WBA gave him four-and-a-half months instead of the regular nine to defend against the mandatory - in this case Golovkin. Their reasoning was that their mandatory challengers had been ignored for too long.[4]

Mundine Rematch[edit]

On 30 January 2013 Geale beat Anthony Mundine in a unanimous points decision (scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre to retain his IBF middleweight world title. Immediately after ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read out the result, Mundine and his entourage stormed out of the ring and left the arena.[5]

Title Defence Against Darren Barker[edit]

On 17 August 2013, Geale fought British fighter Darren Barker for Geale's IBF Middleweight world title in Atlantic City. Despite knocking down Barker in the sixth round, Geale lost in a split-decision.[6]

Challenger Against Gennady Golovkin[edit]

In what was billed as the biggest night of his career and taking place in the legendary Madison Square Garden, Geale lost by TKO in the third round to the Kazakh Gennady Golovkin.[7] Entering the fight as the clear underdog with Golovkin listed by most bookmakers as the 14 to 1 favourite[8] and despite having fought, according to Golovkin "like a champion", Geale was clearly outclassed by Golovkin when during the final exchange Golovkin counterpunched Geale after Geale had connected with a right to the Kazakh's head.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (16 Knockouts), 4 Losses, 0 Draws [10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss 31–4 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto TKO 4 (12), 1:28 2015-06-06 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York For WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 31–3 Australia Jarrod Fletcher UD 12 2014-12-03 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales Retained IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight title.
Won interim WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title.
Loss 30–3 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin TKO 3 (12), 2:47 2014-07-26 United States Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York For WBA (Super) and IBO Middleweight titles.
Win 30–2 Australia Garth Wood RTD 6 (12), 3:00 2014-02-19 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, New South Wales Won WBA Pan African and vacant IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight titles.
Loss 29–2 United Kingdom Darren Barker SD 12 2013-08-17 United States Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost IBF Middleweight title.
Win 29–1 Australia Anthony Mundine UD 12 2013-01-30 Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 28–1 Germany Felix Sturm SD 12 2012-09-01 Germany Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Won WBA (Super) Middleweight title.
Win 27–1 Ghana Osumanu Adama UD 12 2012-03-07 Australia Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 26–1 Nigeria Eromosele Albert UD 12 2011-08-31 Australia Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 25–1 Germany Sebastian Sylvester SD 12 2011-05-07 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Won IBF Middleweight title.
Win 24–1 Russia Roman Karmazin TKO 12 (12), 2:30 2010-10-31 Australia Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales IBF Middleweight title eliminator.
Win 23–1 Australia Kariz Kariuki TKO 11 (12), 2:49 2010-06-02 Australia Wollongong Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, New South Wales
Win 22–1 Brazil Samir Dos Santos Barbosa UD 12 2009-10-21 Australia Silverdome, Prospect, Tasmania
Loss 21–1 Australia Anthony Mundine SD 12 2009-05-27 Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall, Queensland Lost IBO Middleweight title.
Win 21–0 Canada Ian MacKillop KO 1 (10), 1:58 2009-03-11 Australia The Cube, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 20–0 New Zealand Daniel McKinnon UD 10 2008-12-05 Australia The Cube, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 19–0 Serbia Geard Ajetović UD 12 2008-06-27 Australia Catholic Club, Sydney, New South Wales Retained IBO Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 Australia Daniel Dawson UD 12 2007-12-14 Australia Wests Campbelltown, Leumeah, New South Wales Won vacant IBO Middleweight title.
Win 17–0 New Zealand Lee Oti KO 2 (8), 2:06 2007-10-12 Australia Panthers Rugby League Club, Penrith, New South Wales
Win 16–0 Thailand Parkpoom Jangphonak UD 12 2007-05-04 Australia The Cube, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 15–0 New Zealand Lee Oti UD 12 2007-02-04 Australia State Sports Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 14–0 Thailand Somchai Chimlum UD 6 2006-12-15 Australia Fraternity Bowling Club, Fairy Meadow, New South Wales
Win 13–0 Australia Sonni Michael Angelo TKO 4 (10), 2:55 2006-08-04 Australia Catholic Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 12–0 Philippines Nonoy Gonzales UD 8 2006-07-07 Australia Catholic Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 11–0 New Zealand Timo Masua KO 4 (8), 0:24 2006-03-04 Australia Panthers Rugby League Club, Penrith, New South Wales
Win 10–0 Australia Garry Comer TKO 2 (10), 1:40 2005-11-27 Australia City Hall, Hobart, Tasmania
Win 9–0 Australia Garry Comer KO 8 (12), 1:48 2005-10-22 Australia State Sports Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 8–0 Australia Steve Douet TKO 2 (12), 1:01 2005-09-16 Australia Blacktown RSL Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 7–0 Australia Steve Douet UD 6 2005-07-01 Australia Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, New South Wales
Win 6–0 Australia Domenic DeVanna TKO 1 (8), 1:37 2005-04-01 Australia Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, New South Wales
Win 5–0 Australia Peter Rolph KO 1 (8), 1:37 2005-03-18 Australia Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland
Win 4–0 Republic of Ireland Sean Connell TKO 3 (6), 1:05 2005-02-06 Australia Panthers World of Entertainment, Penrith, New South Wales
Win 3–0 New Zealand Bruce Glozier KO 1 (6), 1:12 2004-12-10 Australia Southport Sharks AFL Club, Southport, Queensland
Win 2–0 Australia Domenic DeVanna TKO 2 (6), 2:22 2004-11-19 Australia Blacktown RSL Club, Sydney, New South Wales
Win 1–0 Australia Danny Bellert KO 3 (6), 1:27 2004-10-01 Australia Southport Sharks AFL Club, Southport, Queensland Professional debut.


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Title last held by
Raymond Joval
IBO Middleweight Champion
14 December 2007 – 27 May 2009
Succeeded by
Anthony Mundine
Preceded by
Sebastian Sylvester
IBF Middleweight Champion
7 May 2011 – 17 August 2013
Succeeded by
Darren Barker
Preceded by
Felix Sturm
WBA Middleweight Super Champion
1 September 2012 – 1 November 2012
Title next held by
Gennady Golovkin