GGG By Decision Over Geale, Madison Square Garden HBO Fight Card Preview
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (July 21, 2014)– When trainer Abel Sanchez stated to this reporter Sergio Gabriel Martinez would not want to fight his fighter Gennady Golovkin, he was right. At 29-0, Golovkin now faces the most difficult fight of his career to date against former champion Daniel Geale. Golovkin, now (29-0, 25 knockouts), a Kazakhstan fighter now out of Stuttgart, Germany, will square off in the main event at Madison Square Garden on July 26, 2014, against Australian Geale, (30-2, 16 knockouts), Launceston, Australia.
The World Boxing Association and International Boxing Organization World Middleweight belts will be at stake in the main event. Tom Loeffler’s K2 Promotions and Gary Shaw Promotions will feature a sic bout card televised on Home Box Office, Australia Main Event, and Hungary Sport 1.
HBO Trailer for Golovkin versus Daniel Geale at Madison Square Garden, July 26, 2014
Geale vs. Golovkin, Perez vs. Jennings
Golovkin is a hard hitting, still improving fighter, capable of waging a technical war from the outside, fighting a power shot fight, of waging an inside war on the inside. Geale, a confusing inside outside fighter, powerful with substantial skills, is a throwback to Les Darcy of long ago. Geale fights both inside and outside, a no style style, with frequent changes and surprises. Geale, a former WBA world middleweight titleholder, was powerful enough drop Darren Barker out of nowhere, and got robbed of a split decision which cost him his International Boxing Federation World Middleweight title. Geale has never won on American soil, but will try to regain the WBA portion of the middleweight title against Golovkin.
Geale has a one inch reach advantage, but will probably attempt the unthinkable. Geale will try to take the fight inside early on Golovkin. GGG will probably prefer to stay on the outside out of range, and easily but cautiously put rounds in the bank. To win, Geale will have to take major chances. If he can survive Golovkin’s power. Geale has a good chance of going the distance if he fights a defensive minded fight. Geale is fearless and will get clipped at some point trying to outthink GGG. As an all-around boxer, Golovkin’s skills are superior, so look for Geale to get dropped and stopped within eleven rounds. Geale has an outside chance of going the distance with GGG, but not if he takes the fight to the inside.
Geale has one substantial advantage. Geale’s style is completely confusing to a fighter like GGG. Geale’s ring maneuvers do not allow opponents to make adjustments. However, GGG has remained consistent in his ability to do just that. French middleweight Amar Amari was the last fighter to go the distance with Golovkin in June 2008 in an eight rounder, but did not win a round. Canadian southpaw middleweight Ian Gardner was probably the last GGG opponent to win two rounds on a scorecard in April 2008. Geale’s confusing complex style could keep the bout close on the three scorecards.
The winner of this bout is a high candidate to face World Boxing CouncilWorld Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in a World Middleweight title unification match in the Fall of 2014. Cotto, who destroyed Sergio Gabriel Martinez, and was fearless against Floyd Mayweather Jr., will fight Saul Canelo Alvarez or the winner of this bout next.
On the undercard, hard hitting 18-0 Philly heavyweight Bryant Jennings is favored to win a WBC eliminator bout by decision in 10 rounds over 20-0-1 Cuban Mike Perez, fighting out of Ireland, for a world title shot against WBC World Heavyweight champion BermaneStiverne, a Haitian fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, promoted by Don King Promotions.
World ranked cruiserweight Ola ‘Kryptonite’ Afolabi of Los Angeles, California, is favored to win by knockout within three rounds over Anthony Caputo Smith. 22-0 welterweight prospect Dusty Harrison of Washington, D.C. is favored to win by decision in eight rounds over Eli Addison. Light middleweight Glen ‘Jersey Boy’ Tapia of Passaic, New Jersey, 21-1, is favored to stop Salim Larbi within five rounds. Larbi is a late sub for the injured Boyd Melson. 19 year old light welterweight prospect Julian ‘Hammer Hands’ Rodriguez, 4-0, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, is favored to win by four round decision over 4-5 Missouri journeyman Yankton Southern in the untelevised opening bout on the card.
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