Geale avenges only loss, defeats Mundine by decision
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 30, 2013)
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal”Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) dominated Anthony "The Man" Mundine (44-5, 26 KOs) over 12 rounds to win by unanimous at a rolicking Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia. The victory avenges the only loss suffered by Geale to Mundine in 2009.
The bout started quickly as Geale stalked the more elusive Mundine. Geale worked inside and landed a hard left hook. Mundine looked surprised as Geale continued to work. Mundine pushed Geale into the ropes and connected with a right. Geale landed a jab while Mundine countered with a classic left right combination.
In round two, Mundine moved and jabbed. Geale landed two right hands to the head of Mundine. Geale chased Mundine along the ropes. Mundine clipped Geale with a fast combination. Both fighters glared at each other after the bell rang ending the stanza.
Mundine tried to land a sneaky left hook in the opening seconds of round three. Geale kept bouncing and coming forward. A lead right caught Mundine. Geale, 31, was a step faster. Mundine landed an uppercut at the bell.
In round four, Geale went to the body and head of Mundine. The defending champion found the chin of Mundine with two lefts and a right. Mundine came back with a chopping right of his own. Geale’s energy continued to be a bit too much for the older Mundine.
Geale kept his chin hidden behind his gloves. His jab found Mundine. Geale ducked in and threw a sweeping left hook. A stiff jab connected. For one of the few imes in his long career, Mundine was the slower fighter.
Mundine tried to change the rhythm of the fight in round six. His uppercut landed. A right hand found Geale. The punches though had no effect on Geale. Mundine missed with a big left uppercut.
In round seven, Geale landed an overhand right. Mundine snapped a jab. Mundine connected with a right but ate a left hook counter from Geale. Mundine missed with his right. Geale landed a left hook at the bell.
Mundine looked frustrated in round eight. Geale, the obvious fan favorite, connected with a left hook to the ribs of Mundine. Geale looked faster and stronger. His bodywork continued. Mundine did well in the last half minute of the round.
Geale snapped Mundine’s head back in round nine. A double jab and right hand knocked Mundine back. Mundine kept searching for answers but didn’t find any. Geale leaped in with a left hook.
In round 10, Geale continued to push Mundine. Geale ate a right but landed an uppercut. Mundine, sensing he was behind on the judges scorecards, was loading up on his punches. Both fighters traded hard shots. Geale landed a left the cheek of Mundine.
Mundine, 37, went looking for a knockout in round eleven. He pawed with his jab. Geale knew what Mundine was thinking and kept his hands up. He was beating Mundine to the punch. A left uppercut hurt Mundine. A right tagged the chin of Geale. Mundine with both eyes swelling up, kept punching.
Round 12 was all Geale. His ambition going into the fight had been to dominate Mundine. He ducked in with a left hook. Mundine was still looking for that one big shot. His right did land. Geale was soon in his grill again throwing punches from all angles.
Scores were 117-111 (twice) and 116-111 all for Geale.
Doghouseboxing scored the fight 117-111 for Geale.
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