SAN DIEGO, July 26, 2014 – Middleweight champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin ends a longer than usual absence from the ring tonight, taking on Australian middleweight Daniel Geale in a 12-round bout for the 11th defense of his WBA and IBO titles tonight at Madison Square Garden.
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Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) is a top five middleweight. He is warrior tough, in the proud tradition of Australian fighters of all stripes. He is a legitimate opponent and deserves respect for his ability and attitude. Geale will give it all he’s got and should provide a bit more of a challenge to Golovkin than his previous opponents.
Golovkin’s (29-0, 26 KOs) punching power has been compared to Mike Tyson. Yes, he is that good. It’s becoming tedious to write “Golovkin can’t overlook (insert opponent name here).”
It might take him a few more rounds than usual, but Golovkin should add the win over Geale. The only suspense in this fight is whether Golovkin will put another entry into the “Knockout of the Year” sweepstakes by the end of the bout. Geale should test Triple G just enough to make it an entertaining fight to watch.
In the undercard feature, two undefeated heavyweights will meet in an elimination fight, Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) who is a former Cuban boxer now living and training in Ireland; and American Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia. The winner will face the winner of the fight between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder.