ON Sunday afternoon, former unified middleweight champion Daniel ‘The Real Deal’ Geale will challenge WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. The twelve-round tussle will take place inside of the main room, inside of the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Golovkin, 32, has the highest knockout ratio of any active world champion (89.66%), while holding an impressive professional record of 29-0 (26 KOs) and is riding a sixteen-fight knockout streak. Geale, 33, has a record 30-2 (16 KOs) and has never been knocked out. Simply put – something has to give.
Aus-Boxing spoke to eleven industry insiders and got their thoughts ahead of what should be a Fight of the Year candidate.
Ben Damon, MAIN EVENT – Record: 4-4
Geale W 12 Golovkin: Daniel Geale is a massive underdog in this fight and he deserves to be; going in against the man of the moment in world boxing.
However, I believe that if this fight goes the distance Geale will win it and I just can’t see anyone, even Golovkin, knocking Geale out. I tip Geale to shock the boxing world, on the cards.
Matt Clark, Manager/Matchmaker – Record: 3-1
Golovkin W 12 Geale: This fight is the biggest fight of both of their careers to date. It’s Daniel’s chance to cement his legacy, for mine, and I reckon he’s going to give an incredible performance.
I see a back and forth fight that is far closer than many experts anticipate. I favour Golovkin on points in a fight many think Gealey deserves to have won.
Adam Wilcock, Manager/Promoter – Record: 4-3
Golovkin W 12 Geale: Like all of Australia I’d love to see Daniel Geale win this. But I just don’t know if he can pull it off.
Remember, Geale relinquished his WBA title previously to avoid Golovkin, and the champion has only improved since then. Over the same time period Golovkin has had 6 defences, whilst Geale has beaten two fellow Aussies and lost his IBF title to a now defeated/retired Barker. Form is certainly with the man from Kazakhstan.
If Geale comes forward in his usual fashion then he’ll be playing into the hands of Golovkin, as many opponents hand picked by K2 have done before. It’ll be interesting to see what tactics he brings into the ring.
To me the result isn’t in question. The fight outcome depends completely on how Geale fights, but I only see one winner regardless and that’s GGG.
I hope I’m wrong and eating my words next Sunday.
Brendan Bourke, Manager/Agent – Record: 6-2
Golovkin TKO 10 Geale: I will be lucky enough to be there at the Garden to watch the fight live.
This is massive opportunity for Daniel to become a star. My heart says Geale but my mind says GGG.
Lincoln Hudson, Trainer – Record: 5-3
Golovkin TKO 10 Geale: This fight could turn out to be either a cracker or a total fizzier. Geale has the ability to beat GGG, but he must be very smart in doing so. If Geale does this the right way, the fight could be a fizzer so to speak.
Golovkin has the ability to put Geale to sleep and doesn’t have to be too smart to do so – so to sum it up – I would love to see Geale crowned again, a world champion against a man who is probably the best middleweight out there or the hardest to beat anyway.
But I don’t think it is going to happen – GGG to win with late stoppage – but not sitting on fence, if it goes to the cards Geale can win on points.
George Reno, Trainer – Record: 3-1
Golovkin TKO Geale: My heart Says Geale, but I think GGG will be too strong. Golovkin has far too much TNT in both hands, I think it’ll be a stoppage with body shots – but I hope im wrong.
Jeff Fenech, Trainer – Record: Debut
Geale W 12 Golovkin: I think Daniel has a great chance if he fights the right fight. It’ll be tight, but I’ll go with Geale on points.
Billy Hussein, Trainer – Record: 5-1
Golovkin W 12 Geale: My heart says Daniel Geale but I think GGG will win a points decision in a very competitive fight. I think Geale’s style could cause Golovkin a few problems along the way.”
Gareth Williams, Trainer – Record: 5-3
Geale W 12 Golovkin: Im going to put my neck on the line and say Daniel Geale in a huge upset. GGG is definately one of the worlds best fighters but it’s very rare that Geale gets hit due to his great movement and punches in bunches.
If I was protecting my record, I’d be saying Golovkin but something tells me that I think Geale can confuse him and keep him guessing for twelve rounds.
Ty Colman, Promoter/Manager – Record: 2-0
Geale UD 12 Golovkin: Geale for the upset. I believe Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale has the style to upset GGG for a points win over the distance.
Billy Dib, former IBF featherweight champion – Record: 2-2
Geale UD 12 Golovkin: This will definitely be the most difficult test of both of these champion fighters careers. Geale has proven that he can travel and win on a number of occasions.
Although I think GGG is one of a kind, I must tip the Sydney man to sping the upset. I know Geale he has the will of a lion and I’m picking him to make a fool of all the odd makers with an unanimous decision victory.
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