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Out-manned: Geale proves too sharp for Mundine

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Real Deal beats The Man

Daniel Geale retains the IBF Middleweight belt after beating Anthony Mundine in a twelve round bruiser.

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Geale v Mundine: as it happened
'They robbed me': Mundine lashes out

Far from being the end of Anthony Mundine's career, his rematch with Daniel Geale might be just the second in a series of bouts between the pair.

Geale avenged his loss to Mundine in Brisbane in 2009 with a unanimous points win to retain the IBF middleweight belt, although the Mundine camp was far from impressed by the decision.

Daniel Geale lands a punishing body-blow on Anthony Mundine.

Daniel Geale lands a punishing body-blow on Anthony Mundine. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Whatever the result, all parties agreed it was one of the greatest fights seen in Australia, and Fairfax Media understands both camps would be interested in another fight.

Watched by a large and vocal crowd at Sydney Entertainment Centre, which included the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Ricky Ponting, Quade Cooper, Paul Gallen, David Gallop and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, Mundine and Geale went at each other from start to finish.

With many believing a loss would end his 13-year career, Mundine was like a caged tiger. After the decision (117-111, 117-111, 116-112 in favour of Geale), he left the ring without speaking.

Daniel Geale vs Anthony Mundine in the IBF Middleweight World title fight at The Entertainment Centre Sydney. Click for more photos

Mundine v Geale Boxing clash

All the action from last night's Daniel Geale-Anthony Mundine fight. Photo: Anthony Johnson

While the defeat is a severe blow to his aspirations to fight against some of boxing's biggest names, the 37-year-old showed he was far from a spent force.

For Geale, the fight was about revenge. ''I put things to rest,'' he said. ''I wanted to make up for what happened in the first fight.

''It was enjoyable tonight, I took a great deal of enjoyment from punching him. I was a little bit disappointed I couldn't finish it.

"We want the big hard fights now, we want to head overseas, we want to bring big fights to Australia."

The pair stood toe-to-toe in the centre of the ring for most of the first round, probing for an opening and moving evasively when the other tried to land a shot.

Aware that it was the second round that counted so heavily against him in their last bout in 2009 after Mundine landed more punches and knocked him down, Geale came out aggressively.

Initially forced back onto the ropes, Mundine fought his way out of trouble and managed to find his way through Geale's defence on several occasions with his lightning left jab.

But it was Geale who had been landing the heavier blows and Mundine had to get more aggressive in the third round, twice being warned for using his head when he found himself in trouble.

There was some concern in the Mundine camp at the beginning of the fourth round, with one supporter calling for him to ''send Geale back to Tasmania''.

But Geale wasn't going anywhere and the pair continued to trade punches in one of the best wars Australian boxing has seen.

As in their first fight, Geale threw the greater volume of punches but Mundine landed with a higher percentage of his.

Who landed the most overall was difficult to tell but neither boxer was prepared to yield.

Mundine was again cautioned for leading with his head when he found himself on the ropes in the sixth round but the seventh was arguably his best and he looked to be getting on top.

A frustrated Geale was warned in the eighth round punching Mundine in the back of the head but in the ninth he came out showboating and virtually dared the Man to go after him.

It appeared as if Geale was determined that the fight be decided by knockout and he did his best to lift the intensity at a time when both boxers should have been tiring.

But the closest that looked like happening was when Geale twice slipped in the 11th and 12th rounds, and the fight finished with both boxers giving their all to ensure victory.

Bring it on again.

199 comments

  • "Mundine left the rinf without speaking."
    Sorry i ddin't watch the fight now as I would have paid just to see that.

    Commenter
    Ian
    Location
    wollongong
    Date and time
    January 31, 2013, 7:06AM
    • lol, I'd have to check the tapes on the fight as I find this unbelievable as well.

      Commenter
      Indeed
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:05AM
    • Mundane has achieved a lot more than his detractors, and has said less. Great career, Choc, if this really is the end.

      Commenter
      palo
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:15AM
    • Mundine has already dribbled enough in his life. Silence from him is more than golden.

      Commenter
      matt
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:29AM
    • Silence is Golden. About time someone shut that Mouth up.

      Commenter
      DC
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:32AM
    • All fight losers leave the ring as soon as the result is announced. It's common courtesy and leaves the victor to saviour defeat and do the interviews. No where near as good as the first fight, but not bad all the same.

      Commenter
      Qlder
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:34AM
    • Qlder: His leaving of the ring so quickly after the decision had nothing to do with respect. If he respected Geale he would have at least congratulated him. He left so quickly because he was so outraged at the decision, but to the rest of the world it was a very obvious one. If respect was really in his vocabulary he wouldn't have introduced himself to 'the champ is here'.

      Commenter
      Hammo
      Location
      Gladesville, Sydney
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:47AM
    • @palo

      You have adequately described his career simply by naming him

      Commenter
      Troy
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:50AM
    • If you are trying to sell a fight in Australia as a black man it is not rocket science that one strategy might be that you just need to trash talk, be controversial and keep lighting the blue touch paper. I have never witnessed such opprobrium directed at a boxer anywhere in the world. And I have been following boxing for 35 years. I saw a daytime TV show yesterday where the presenters were almost spitting in their distaste and naming in graphic detail what they would like to see happen to this Australian sportsman.

      You might not like what he says but the fight was a sell out. People paid to watch in large numbers. Many I am sure to see Anthony Mundine beaten. That is fine, that is the sport. But many, particularly white Australians, have purposely taken many things that he has said to sell the fight as if he were a politician or community leader. Some looking in the mirror is needed.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:51AM
    • good luck bringing common sense back to the debate QLder, these people have other issues, if you catch my drift

      Commenter
      jools
      Location
      DaBra
      Date and time
      January 31, 2013, 8:52AM

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