Promoter Gary Shaw has given a big pat on the back to his Australian middleweight warrior, Daniel Geale as the former IBF champion closes in on the mammoth task of derailing the formidable Gennady Golovkin.
Geale, 33, heads into his WBA and IBO title challenge on Saturday night as Madison Square Garden as a heavy underdog, although Shaw is confident his fighter can cause an upset on what is set to be a huge event with a massive heavyweight co-feature.
“Graham Shaw, Geale’s trainer is a man of few words and has been with Daniel for about five years and has two world title wins in Germany. He’s a great trainer. A lot of people in the United States don’t know him because most of his work is in Australia, but I can tell you he is up there with the best of them,” said Shaw.
“As far as Abel Sanchez, I know him personally and have the world of respect for him. He’s a great trainer, does a great job in Big Bear, and Gennady is lucky to have him.
“As far as Gennady goes, we respect him and his power – he is a great champion and a great person out of the ring, as is Daniel Geale and that’s what makes this fight so great. We have two great fighters willing to fight one another.
“Daniel Geale has always told me he has wanted to fight Gennady, we never ducked Gennady, but due to the pay-per-view in Australia we were unable to schedule until now.
“Now the fight is on and it’s a wonderful double-header with Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez as the opening fight and rarely do you get an opening fight with two heavyweights who are undefeated and a final eliminator for the WBC to fight the winner of Stiverne and Wilder.
“As everyone know we had a cancelled fight in May due to an injury to Mike Perez, but everything has been rescheduled at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden and it doesn’t get any bigger than that. I also want to thank HBO on behalf of Team Geale.
“Daniel Geale has wanted this fight, he is very confident in his own abilities and his ability to win this fight.
“I think it’s great for boxing that two great fighters are willing to fight each other and in the co-feature, two great heavyweights willing to fight each other.
“It’s going to be a fans’ fight and it’s great to be a part of it. July 26 is going to be a great night and Daniel Geale will be victorious,” he added.
Boxing’s fastest rising star, WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN will defend his titles against two-time world champion DANIEL “The Real Deale” GEALE on Saturday, July 26 at Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing ® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com
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