|Geale defeats Dawson for IBO middleweight crown
By Anthony Cocks (Dec 15, 2007) Doghouse Boxing
Daniel Geale, 18-0 (12), scored the biggest win of his career with a wide points decision over previously unbeaten Daniel Dawson, 29-1 (20), to secure the vacant IBO middleweight title by scores of 119-109 and 120-110 twice at Wests Campbelltown Club in Leumeah, NSW on Friday night.
The fight was closer than the scorecards suggest, but the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was in control throughout the bout.
26 year-old Geale, originally from Launceston, Tasmania, utilized an accurate jab and effective combinations to keep the forward charging Dawson at bay.
Dawson, a former world kickboxing champion now trained by Craig Christian, tried hard throughout the bout to catch the slick-boxing Geale with his patented right hand, but Geale’s ring generalship was the story of the fight as he consistently evaded Dawson’s heavy artillery and peppered the Perth brawler with flashy combinations.
In the fifth round Geale suffered a cut over his left eye but was ruled fit to continue by ringside physician Dr Lou Lewis.
Both boxers landed bombs in the seventh, but Geale quickly regained control to finish strongly over a fading Dawson in the championship rounds.
With the win Geale, who had former three-time world champion Jeff Fenech in his corner, has solidified his claim to being one of Australia’s brightest prospects.
Eddie Delic, 13-8-2 (2), lost his Australian welterweight title to Matthew Paulley, 15-5-4 (7), when the fight was stopped in the seventh round due to cuts from an accidental head clash. Southpaw Paulley was getting the better of the action as evidenced by the scores of 69-66 and 69-64 twice at the time of stoppage.
King Davidson, 3-0 (2), dethroned Frank LoPorto, 6-3-1 (3), after their scheduled eight round junior middleweight clash was prematurely stopped due to an accidental head clash. Scores at the time of stoppage were 29-28 and 30-27 twice.
Also on the undercard welterweight Solomon Egberime, 15-2 (9), put an end to Samuel Colomban’s unbeaten run with a clear-cut six round decision. Scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56. Colomban drops to 6-1 (3).
Debuting junior middleweight Steve Casserley scored a fourth round TKO over Arnel Balicuatro at the 2:03 mark of a scheduled four round contest.
Jun Paderna defeated Eric Anaba over four rounds by scores of 40-34 and 40-35 twice. Paderna ups his ledger to 9-8-1 (4). Anaba falls to 1-3.
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