Daniel Geale seals German fight deal
Launceston world champion Daniel Geale is heading back to the country of his greatest triumph for his long-awaited unification world title bout.
TASMANIA'S Daniel Geale has added Felix Sturm's WBA middleweight Super title to his IBF crown with a 12-round split decision points win in Oberhausen, Germany.
The win elevates Geale into the top echelon of world boxing and creates a piece of Australian boxing history.
British official Dave Parris and South African Stanley Christodoulou both scored the unification fight 116-112 in Daniel Geales favour, while American judge Eugene Grant had Sturm ahead 116-112.
Tasmanian-born but Sydney-based Daniel Geale became the first Australian-born boxer to unify two globally recognised titles in the same division.
It was an absorbing strategic contest between two accomplished technicians.
Sturm worked well off the jab in the early rounds, but Daniel Geale asserted himself more in the middle and latter rounds.
The Australian did better in the inside exchanges, while Sturm's best work was done on the outside.
Daniel Geale, 31, suffered a cut near his left ear early in the fight, but it wasn't a factor.
He mounted sustained pressure for the first time in the third round and was particularly strong in the sixth and seventh.
Sturm dug deep in the latter rounds, but Daniel Geale shaded him in work rate and power punches.
Daniel Geale, who was making the third defence of his IBF title, improved his overall record to 28-1, 15 KOs.
Sturm, 33, who was unbeaten in his last 14 fights over six years, dropped a points decision in Germany for the first time, with his log now reading 37-3-2, 16 KOs.
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Daniel Geale has triumphed in a split decision over Germany's Felix Sturm to add the WBA Super middleweight title to his IBF title after a bruising 12-round encounter in Germany.Geale claimed two 116-112 scores to stun crowd favourite Sturm in the western ... [ Published 1 hour ago by Yahoo! News Australia ]Entities: Daniel Geale, Felix Sturm, Germany
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