Geale too good for Mundine
Daniel Geale retained his IBF middleweight title when he beat Anthony Mundine on points in Sydney on Wednesday night.
The scores were unanimous – 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111
Mundine failed to match the classier, more mobile champion in the grudge rematch between the Australians and was warned several times for using unsavory tactics.
Geale has now won all but one of his 30 professional bouts; 15 inside the distance. Mundine’s record stands at 44-5, with 26 knockouts.
The champion fought cleverly, refusing to be lured into a brawl and scoring from the outside throughout the bout as Mundine tried to land just one pay-off punch.
Geale, 31, and the 37-year-old Mundine again showed their intense dislike of each other but the fight failed to deliver the fireworks many had hoped for.
Nicknamed The Man, Mundine said earlier victory over Geale would take him closer to his dream of fighting Floyd Mayweather. He was looking for a fourth “world” title in his 13-year professional career.
He took the IBO belt from Geale in May 2009, winning on a highly disputed split decision after dropping Geale in the second round.
Geale, who had won the IBF title from Sebastian Sylvester, beat Germany’s Felix Sturm in a major upset in a tournament in Germany in September last year.
Mundine has held the IBF super-middleweight, IBO middleweight and WBA interim light-middleweight belts.
On the undercard, Joel Brunker won his featherweight bout against Ivan Hernandez, a former WBA champion, on points over eight rounds, improving to 25-0, with 14 knockouts.
Daniel Ammann beat David Aloua on points over ten rounds in a cruiserweight bout for the Australian title – 99-91 on two cards and 98-92. Ammann improved to 27-5-1, with 6 knockouts and Aloua now stands at 8-1; 5.
Hernandez, who dropped to 26-7-1; 17, was cut over his right eye in a clash of heads. The scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 78-75.
Steve Lovett beat Jeremy Allan on points over six rounds in a light-heavyweight bout, taking his record to 6-0, with five knockouts. Allen dropped to 8-11-3; 3.
Jamie Pittman beat Zac Awad on points in a super-middleweight bout over eight rounds, taking his record to 22-3; 8. Awad dropped to 18-3-1; 7.
Kimbo Slice, a 38-year-old American heavyweight whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, knocked out Shane Tilyard in the second round to improve to 7-0; 5. Tilyard dropped to 6-7; 5.