'The Real Deal' Daniel Geale
Has The 'Deal' Signed & Sealed
Purse bids have been cancelled at the 11th hour when
heavyweight International boxing promoter Gary Shaw of Gary
Shaw Productions (USA), in conjunction with leading
Australian promoter Grange Old School Boxing finalized a
deal with Chris Meyer of Sauerland Promotions (Germany)
which left all parties smiling.
As a result, the former IBO (International Boxing
Organization) Middleweight Champion and the current IBF
(International Boxing Federation) No.1 rated mandatory
challenger, Australian Geale will fight the World Champion
Sebastian Sylvester of Germany on May 7th at the Jahnsport
Stadium in Neubrandenburg, Germany and attempt to place his
name beside the likes of Marvin Hagler, Bernard Hopkins,
Arthur Abraham and Roy Jones Junior as the 10th person to
hold the prestigious IBF Middleweight World Champion.
Taking a World Title off a German champion on German soil is
widely regarded as mission impossible and a feat which
evaded several Australian boxers in the past including the
talents of Danny Green and Anthony Mundine. It is often
quipped within boxing circles that - "even a knockout in
Germany does not guarantee a win".
Victory in this contest would cement Daniel 'The Real Deal'
Geale into the Australian history books and elevate him into
what is a small and elite group of men whom have left
Germany with a World title.
Well aware of the obstacles ahead and which need to be
overcome, Daniel commented - "After the fight with Roman
Karmazin I knew it was then only a matter of time. I have
been in training constantly and I've felt such a growth and
development in my boxing and am in the best shape of my
"With seven (7) weeks to go my trainer Graham Shaw will step
up preparations to have me peaking in condition and
ultimately, relieve Sylvester of his belt and bring it home
"Sylvester is a great champion with multiple defenses to his
credit, but this is my time and I won't be denied"
"As the defending champion, I expect Sylvester to be at the
top of his game, but again, this is my time and I've been
preparing mentally for this since November last year after I
beat the former champion Roman Karmazin to earn the right as
the mandatory challenger. It's taken 20 years, 190+ combined
Amateur and Professional fights (26 of those as a
"I've earned a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in that time
and I'm very proud of that fact, but nothing will surpass
winning a world title. It's been a long, demanding road to
get here and whilst I go in as the challenger, I do intend
to leave as the champion".
If Daniel's ever improving performances over the past two
(2) years are any indication, Geale goes in to this fight as
the 'Real Deal' contender with the upmost live and
legitimate chance of success. His systematic demolition of
world class opponents Roman Karmazin and Kariz Kariuki in
recent times following his stellar performance against
Anthony Mundine have put everyone on notice that he has the
style and technique to not only worry the best, but more
importantly, beat the best!
A true ambassador of the sport and widely regarded as one of
nature's true gentlemen, the softly spoken thrashing machine
eats, sleeps and drinks boxing, training at Grange Old
School Boxing under the astute Graeme Shaw six (6) mornings
a week, followed by leading and training a 70+ strong
amateur club over two (2) sessions, four (4) nights a week.
Daniel trains students from Magdalene Catholic College
weekly, conducts regular Boxercise training with NRL club -
the Wests Tigers, conducts 1 on 1 personal training several
times a week and seems to be at a different amateur boxing
show every other night whilst maintaining responsibility and
commitment to his supportive wife and 3 children, a world
class achievement in itself.
Upon success, Grange Old School Boxing and Daniel Geale will
look to make the first defense of the title back in
Australia, most likely in Daniel's home state of Tasmania
and proudly saying thank you to everyone who has supported
him from day one.
This event from Germany will be televised through Main Event
PPV on both the Foxtel and Optus networks and presents a
fantastic opportunity for the rising number of Geale fans to
witness what will surely be a memorable contest and a proud
day in Australian boxing, and importantly Australian