Contrary to the judging decision at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, Daniel Geale seemed to take almost every round from Anthony Mundine and looked fitter, hungrier and more skilful than his old rival.
This was the second time to the pair had shared the ring nearly four-years apart and Geale’s victory now means the IBF middleweight champion has beaten every fighter that he has ever faced in a professional ring.
The ‘Real Deal’ gave an almost punch-perfect display at times, frustrating Mundine time and again, and how the multi-time title holder could raise his hands and exclaim his victory to the crowd after his performance was way beyond me.
With the cards reading 117-111 (twice) and 116-112, I had it 119-109 to the champion and really struggled just to give Mundine the fourth round after a slightly better finish to the session. Overall Geale was a class above and can now look forward to a meeting with the winner of Friday’s bout between Felix Sturm and compatriot Sam Soliman.
Sturm lost his long-reigning WBA title to Geale in his last outing in Oberhausen and will be looking to get back to winning ways and set up a rematch, where to due monetary reasons, the 33 year-old German may get home advantage once again.
Former Contender star Soliman, 39, had already defeated Giovanni Lorenzo in a final eliminator to face Geale, but will now have to come through Sturm in Dusseldorf to make sure of another all-Australian world title clash in the summer.