IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Geale earned revenge
for his only professional loss and raised questions over
Anthony Mundine's boxing future with a unanimous points win
in a world title fight that started on Wednesday and ended on
The fight in front of what appeared to be a full Sydney
Entertainment Centre featured numerous quickfire inside
exchanges between the two fast-handed fighters.
Ultimately Geale, 31, outworked 37-year old Mundine, who
landed several right-hand shots during the bout, but couldn't
match the champion's work rate.
Two judges scored it 117-111 and the other 116-112.
It was Geale's fourth successful title defence and sets up
the possibility of more unification bouts down the track.
Mundine was competitive but lacked the explosive advantage in
speed that enabled him to beat opponents in his prime and it
remains to be seen whether he can, or wants, to stay in a
game he has graced for close to 13 years.
The packed crowd provided a stirring vocal backdrop as the
two highly skilled fighters each strove to gain an advantage.
Geale was the first to land some shots, though Mundine did
briefly back him up against the ropes and caught the champion
with a good right to the head in the closing seconds of a
cagey opening round.
Both men looked to assert themselves through the jab, but
neither landed many scoring power punches in the second
American Robert Byrd, who was officiating in his 115th world
title bout, twice cautioned Mundine for use of his head
during the third round, in which Geale did well early and the
challenger lifted near the end.
The fourth featured some exciting inside exchanges with both
men scoring, though Geale had a slight edge in work rate.
Geale probably shaded the fifth and sixth rounds with greater
punch volume, but Mundine still caught the champion
occasionally with a right hand, without landing follow-up
In round seven, Byrd warned Geale for punching to the back of
Mundine got his supporters chanting his name with a good
flurry in the eighth, which drew only a smile from the
Geale started the ninth in strong fashion, but Mundine came
on strong in the last minute.
The champion pressed the pace in the tenth and maintained his
edge through to the end.
The two combatants for the main event didn't step into the
ring until after 11.10pm (AEDT), following a six-fight
undercard, which produced just one inside the distance
The suggestion Mundine would snub the national anthem was
averted, as it was performed before both men entered the
As per usual for a big boxing bout, there was a stellar cast
of sporting stars, administrators and politicians in
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, footballer-boxers Sonny Bill
Williams and Quade Cooper, rugby league stars Todd Carney and
Nathan Hindmarsh and FFA boss David Gallop were among the
many notable figures.
Geale felt he produced the convincing performance he wanted
but could have done even better.
"I would have liked to do it that little bit extra," Geale
"A lot of people asked me to finish the job and a couple of
moments there I had him in some real trouble, I just couldn't
find that last little bit.
"He's a great defensive fighter, you can't take anything away
Geale said he wasn't surprised Mundine had reportedly said he
was robbed of the decision.
"It's what you'd expect," Geale said.
The Tasmanian-born Sydney-based boxer said he wanted to
become the number one middleweight in the world.
His American promoter Gary Shaw said Geale would have options
to fight next in either Australia or the United States.
"Personally, I'd love to see Daniel back in Australia," Shaw
Geale said when he needed to dig a bit deeper he was
motivated by some of the taunts Mundine made in the lead-up
to the fight.
He said Mundine still had good speed and skill, but just
seemed to lack something.