Launceston's Daniel Geale has exacted revenge over arch-rival Anthony Mundine to retain his world IBF middleweight title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Throughout the 12-round bout, 31-year-old Geale looked fitter and sharper than his 37-year-old opponent, who left the ring without congratulating the world IBF middleweight champion as soon as the judges scores were read out.
Geale was in control for the majority of the 12 rounds despite Mundine insisting he had won.
"It was tough, it was exactly what we expected. Anthony came prepared and he gave me a great fight. It was hard there towards the end, but I had to dig deep,'' Geale told the crowd after the fight.
"I wanted to win and I wanted to do it well. I put things to rest. Everyone wanted to see the second fight, I gave it to you guys and I hope you enjoyed it.
"I love walking down the street now, I get so many people coming up to me and wishing me luck. I did enjoying punching [Mundine tonight].
"I knew it was going to be tough, I just had to keep peppering. I hurt him a few times and I'm a little bit disappointed I couldn't go on with it and give the crowd what they wanted [a knockout].''
Geale, who looked confident before and during the fight, caused Mundine plenty of headaches with his high punch rate and powerful left jab and lightning quick left hook.
The judges awarded Geale the fight in a unanimous points decision 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111.
- with the SMH
HERE'S THE RESULT ...
Unanimous winner ... DANIEL GEALE!!!!!!!!!
Mundine walks out of the ring shaking his head. Doesn't even bother to congratulate Geale.
There's simply no way Geale could have not won this fight. Not sure why the judges are taking so long with the result. People getting annoyed and frustrated and crowd now jeering. Commentators can't believe what's happening. They've called for calculators to be handed out. All three unanimous in favour of Geale.
Geale drapes the Australian flag over his shoulders and gets a cuddle from his wife ringside. Mundine telling the camera there's no way he could have lost that fight.
12.04am: 12th and final round: Fighters come together but they don't touch gloves. They seriously don't like each other these two. Geale simply has not slowed in 12 rounds. Geale slips again but there's less than a minute to go. And that's it! Mundine thinks he won the fight. Geale getting cheers and claps all round.
11.59pm: Round 11: Two rounds to go. Geale landing solid punches to the head and body early in the round. Call from the crowd: Knock him out Gealey. And then he almost did with a 1-2 combination. Both fighters now throwing big shots. Mundine fighting back but there's just no sting in the tail of these. Geale slips down. Late left hook from Mundine but was still clearly Geale's round. One to go. Barring a catastrophe, this is Geale's fight.
11.56pm: Round 10: Geale's punch rate is still high. Mundine looks to be trying to set up Geale with a big right, but all are collecting the champ's gloves. Geale collects Mundine on the chin with a straight right. To their credit, both fighters giving their all. All three commentators have Geale well in front. Mundine finally lands the right but no real effect. Both now exchanging combos. The bell goes for round 10 and Mundine simply cannot win unless he knocks Geale out.
11.52pm: Round nine: Geale looks fresh after another well-fought round by both fighters. Three rounds now left and only a knock-out can save Mundine. Geale's corner talking up their champ's fitness at the break.
11.48pm: Round eight: Both fighters get a talking to for being naughty. Fairly even - both fighters doing enough to share the round. Mundine has stepped up - or has Geale slowed a little? Geale isn't dominating Mundine like he did earlier in the fight. Shared round perhaps but Mundine has picked up the pace.
11.44pm: Round seven: Mundine warned for elbow again early in the round. Now warned AGAIN. Not sure how many times the referee will keep this up. Commentators say: it's a sign of desperation. Crowd sounds frustrated and annoyed by Mundine's tactics. Bell goes and that round was even-ish but you couldn't call it Mundine's. At worst Geale is up five rounds to zip.
11.40pm: Round six: Speed of Geale's left hand looks to be a worry for Mundine. He's landing it regularly - both the jab and the hook. Mundine warned AGAIN by referee. I missed why. Geale has a 165-fight amateur record as well. Impressive. Mundine now marked around his left eye. Trying not to sound biased, but this really is a one-sided fight so far. Geale's round again. Mundine just isn't doing enough to win a round.
11.36pm: Round five: Geale looking fantastic at the start of round five. Mundine's punches don't seem to be bothering Geale, who has too much hand speed. Commentator: I can't see how Mundine has won a round yet. Bell rings and that was Geale's round too. Geale would have to be up four rounds to zip with one round shared at best. Replays showing Mundine throwing his elbow into Geale's face on several occasions.
11.32pm: Round four: Geale's left hand is causing Mundine problems - both on the jab and the hook. Mundine starting to wind up and getting more aggressive but Geale's punch rate is much higher. Mundine warned for punching while holding Geale's head down. Tighter round that one. Geale's corner confident Mundine can't keep up the tempo. Geale or even.
11.28pm: Round three: Another big left hook then a right from Geale early in the round. Mundine stopped by the ref for a head clash. Mundine hurt. Rocked by Geale combo to the head. Referee warns Mundine AGAIN for using his head. Geale is dominating - Mundine is definitely rocked. Another round to Geale. That's 3-0 by my count. Mundine's corner tells him he's fighting brilliantly.
11.24pm: Round two: Geale lands a big right then a big left hook. I think Mundine realises he's in for a tough night. Geale rushes Mundine, but the challenger is a good defensive fighter and slips most of them. Geale busier and looking very confident at the break. Mundine struggling to land any punches and do any damage. You'd have to say that round was Geale's too.
11.20pm: The bell goes, it's on! Round one: Geale in blue corner, Mundine in the red. Geale lands a big left hook early. But Mundine counters and works the body and pushes Geale on to the ropes. As the commentator says, it's an intriguing round with Mundine working on the counter punches. But Geale is definitely in front after the first round. He's looking sharper and throwing cleaner punches. Geale's round.
11.17pm: It's Showtime!! Almost. Announcer introduces Mundine to plenty of boos (44 wins 4 losses 26 by KO) 12th world title appearance. Mundine is not very popular with the crowd. Now it's Daniel's turn. Announcer: ''Geale proudly representing his home town of Launceston, Tasmania." Crowd to their feet cheering.
11.13pm: Yes, it really took five minutes for Mundine to get into the ring. Now it's the IBF middleweight champs turn. More crowd support for Geale. He is welcomed by Aboriginal dancers too. However, Geale only takes 1 minute to make his way to the ring. Definite crowd favourite - lots of cheers for Daniel.
11.07pm: Okay now it's time for the main event ... the national anthem is being sung by country singer Tori Darke. Don't know her but she has very red hair. Not natural I'm guessing. Both boxers are NOT in the ring for the anthem. Fair to say it's not the best version of Advance Australia I've ever heard. Looking at being an hour behind schedule by the time the bell rings. Red corner, the challenger Anthony Mundine is being introduced into the ring as Aboriginal dancers perform. And keep performing to the chant: 'The Champ Is Here'. Could be the longest entrance of the night. Fair to say he's not in any hurry and fair to say it's a fairly mixed reaction from the crowd. Okay, definitely a negative reaction. Lots of boos and jeers.
The main event is up next, Geale v Mundine. They're only 40 minutes late so far and no sign of the fighters. Mundine, 37, Geale, 31, stack up evenly with the stats - weight, height, reach.
The odds are in for the main bout: Geale $1.40, Mundine $2.85. That's up next. Don't go away.
Now for the official ruling: Referee stopped the fight in round two - winner Kimbo Slice. Tilyard looked like he had been hit by a truck two minutes ago. Seems okay now.
10.47pm: Round two: Slice cops a big punch and rugby tackles Tilyard to the canvas. Tilyard is just swinging now, trying to end it in one punch. Both men look like they've gone 10 rounds. Fair to say you wouldn't replay this fight to use as a teaching aid for beginners. Slice hammers Tilyard into the body and it's over! Ref counts out Tilyard, who is on his hands and knees in the middle of the ring. TKO. Crowd not overly thrilled.
10.43pm: Round one: Kevin Ferguson is apparently Slice's real name. I'd call him anything he told me to call him. This will be over in the first round. Slice is gone. He's seeing stars and wobbling. Not sure how he's still going. But Slice is now fighting back. This will not go past two rounds. Forget defence - both fighters blocking punches with their heads. Fair to say Tilyard doesn't look that fit. Bell goes and the crowd is stunned one of these guys is still upright. Have to say, Tilyard has surprised everyone. He rocked Slice several times that round, once big time. It was a big left hook that did the damage.
10.37pm: Main support bout: Slice and Tilyard now making their way to the ring. Tilyard gets a few claps at best - unbelievable to think he's the home-grown talent. Apparently he hits hard and either knocks people out ... or get's knocked out himself. Tilyard (six wins, six losses from 12 fights with 6 KOs) in the red, Slice (105.8kg - undefeated as pro boxer 6 wins 0 losses 5 by KO) in the blue. He's definitely the crowd favourite. He has a bigger entourage than President Barack Obama. I'm guessing he could make small children cry just looking at them. He's a tough looking guy.
The next fight on the card should be ... well, action-packed to say the least. Former street fighter Kimbo Slice, from the US, made a name for himself knocking out challengers and posting the videos on YouTube. He then tried his hand at cage fighting and now boxing. He will take on Australia's Shane Tilyard over four rounds in what could be the first knock-out of the night. Watch for Slice's signature overhand right. It's jam-packed fully of beans. And not the sweet and juicy kind. This fight was supposed to start at 10pm, it's now 10.29pm so the Geale/Mundine fight is going to be LATE. Slice could make up some time and knock this guy out in the opening round.
And the result is in: Reigning champion Daniel Amaan has beaten David Aloua (98-92 99-91 99-91) in a unanimous decision.
10.24pm: Tenth and final round: Both fighters now looking for the bell. Lots of holding and not too much sting in those punches. Getting a little messy. And that's the final bell. Amaan should win ... just.
10.20pm: Round nine: You'd have to think one of these fighters will have to knock the other one down to feel confident of victory. It's close and who knows how the judges will score the fight. Woman in the crowd is going to need a few Soothers in the morning - screaming like Jimmy Barnes at the moment.
10.16pm: Round seven/eight: The way these guys are swinging, you could be forgiven for thinking there would be a KO or TKO at some stage, but the pair are really tough guys. Okay, spoke too soon. Aloua is really trying to load up and collects Amaan with a big shot early in the eighth. But Amaan comes and looks composed again. Impressive stuff. Even the commentators are split - one tipping Amaan, one has Aloua in front.
10.09pm: Round six: Amaan is really hammering the body of the big punching Aloua. But Aloua is holding his own. Maybe Amaan is just in front. Commentator agrees with me.
10.04pm: Round four/five: Halfway point. Daniel 'The Doberman' Amaan looks to have his nose in front. The Tony Mundine-trained Aloua needs to step up. Aloua goes down, but the ref calls it a slip. Both fighters now a little more reserved after hectic round three and four. Amaan now bleeding from the nose after Aloua lands a big uppercut. Amaan looks a little shaky but still fighting on. This fight could go either way. It's that close.
9.55pm: Round three, Amaan landing the body punches well but Aloua fights back. Now this fight is heating up nicely. Amaan is the reigning champ, while Aloua is unbeaten. This could be a close contest but I'm tipping someone to hit the canvas before the bell rings for the final time.
9.52pm: Round two: Amaan getting picked off with straight rights by Aloua. It's not a great spectacle just yet. Definitely not as exciting as the Brunker bout. More rugby players being interviewed. Quade Cooper this time, who is stepping into the ring next week himself for his debut fight. Sonny Bill Williams next to him, who is also fighting on the card. Back to the fight though ... Aloua took that round, but only just.
9.48pm: These guys are big units. Cruiserweight division is under 200lbs or about 90.1kg. Aloua is the favourite - an impressive fighter - up against an experienced southpaw fighter in Amaan. Couldn't pick a winner out of that first round - will sit on the fence and call it even. More rugby players in the stadium tonight than an state of origin match. Wonder if they're backing former St George Illawarra star Mundine?
9.42pm: The next fight on the card is David Aloua (Australia) up against Daniel Amaan, also an Aussie, for the Australian Cruiserweight title, to be fought over 10 x 3 minute rounds. This fight was supposed to start at 9.20pm. It's now 9.43pm and they're not in the ring yet - so they're already about 25 minutes behind schedule. Could be a late one.
Geale now before the camera. Looking confident and relaxed. Talking about working with a nutritionist and making the weight easily for the fight. Says his fitness is good and his power has improved. Says he will take his time and set things up and is determined to work hard. Asked about Mundine's taunts: says its in the back of his mind and helps fuel him. Tipping a fast, exciting fight and says Mundine won't go the distance.
Foxtel interviews Billy Dibb in the crowd, who announces his upcoming US fight. What a great fighter that young guy is. His tip ... a great fight for Aussie boxing - 50-50 fight. Geale if it goes the difference. Mundine if there's a knockout. Fence sitter.
The result is in: Brunker wins (80-72 79-73 78-75) unanimous winner over Henandez.
9.29pm: Final round. Brunker should keep his unbeaten record here. SMH blog says it's close and can't split them. Not sure what fight he's watching. Brunker easily. And nothing happens in that round to suggest anything will change that.
9.22pm: Couple of rounds to go and Brunker is fighting well. The biggest worry for him is that right eye, chich is still bleeding. Brunker would be winning all but the first round.
9.10pm: Brunker has been the better of the two fighters but the ref has just temporarily stopped the fight in the fourth round after Brunker copped a really bad cut above his right eye from a head-butt from Hernandez. The doctor has checked it out and said fight on but there's a lot of blood.
At the halfway mark, Brunker looks the better of the two fighters but there's plenty of concern about that cut.
The next bout is a featherweight bout between Joel Brunker (24 wins 0 losses) and Ivan Hernandez.
The result: Pittman wins by unanimous points over Awad (80-72, 80-72, 80-72). His record goes to 25 fights, 21 wins.
Aussie Joel Brunker is up next. This guy is a super talent. He's up against Ivan Hernandez of Mexico.
8.44pm: Final round: Awad pushing hard but Pittman's defence looks solid and tight. Pittman now pushing harder as Awad pushes him to the ground. Pittman staying outside and that should be enough. Pittman easily won 7 of the 8 rounds with 1 even.
8.40pm: Round seven: Much better round from Awad as the ref stops the fight with 49 seconds to fight in the seventh as the doctor again checks Pittman's eye. Fight on. More even round but Pittman will win this unless something dramatic happens.
8.36pm: Round six: Awad is under the pump here, with Pittman landing plenty of clean punches.
8.32pm: Round five: Pittman has a cut above his right eye and the doctor is looking at it but has given him the okay. Awad cautioned by the ref for a late hit. Three to go, can't see Pittman losing this as long as he stays vertical.
8.28pm: Round four: Awad is bleeding from the nose. Pittman down but it's a stumble only. Awad landing body shots but Pittman landing the more telling punches. Feel Awad will have to put Pittman on his backside to win this one.
8.24pm: Third round: Pittman landing more punches than Awad, particularly his left-right combos. Awad warned by ref for a low blow. Pittman looks in control of this fight through three rounds.
Telecast showing Mundine arriving at the venue.
8.20pm: Awad went down that round (second) but it was most likely a slip. Pittman still in front.
8.17pm: First round: Pittman, from NSW, looked the goods to take the first round over Awad.
8.10pm: Next up is the super middleweight division over 8 x 3 minute rounds
Zak Awad up against Jamie Pittman. Pittman, a southpaw, has an 11cm reach advantage over his opponent.
Both fighters are now in the ring. Awad (21 fights 18 wins) in the red corner, Pittman (24 fights, 21 wins 8 KO) in the blue.
In the Australian women's Lightweight bout, Lauryn Eagle defeated Nadine Brown by a unanimous decision (78-72, 78-74, 78-74).
First result on the card: Light heavyweight bout. Steve Lovett defeated Jeremy Allan by unanimous decision (57-56, 57-56, 57-56).
STORY STARTS HERE:
Tasmania's world champion boxer Daniel Geale will take on his arch rival Anthony Mundine tonight for the IBF world middleweight title in Sydney.
The Examiner online will be blogging the fight live tonight, providing round-by-round coverage of the main event, which is due to start at 10.20pm.
We will also provide results of all the undercard bouts as they come to hand, which will feature female fighter Lauryn Eagle and up coming fighter Joel Brunker, who will take on Mexico's Ivan Hernandez in the featherweight division.
The main support fight on the card features US streetfighter and internet sensation Kimbo Slice, who will take on Australia's Shane Tilyard in a four-round bout.
IBF Middleweight World title - 12 rounds - 10.20pm
Anthony Mundine v Daniel Geale
Main Support - 4 rounds - 10pm
Shane Tilyard (Australia) v Kimbo Slice (USA)
Fight 5 - 10 rounds - 9.20pm
Australian Cruiserweight Title
David Aloua (Australia) v Daniel Amaan (Australia)
Fight 4 - 8 rounds - 8.40pm
Ivan Hernandez (Mexico) v Joel Brunker (Australia)
Fight 3 - 8 rounds - 8pm
Super middleweight bout
Zak Awad (Australia) v Jamie Pittman (Australia)
Fight 2 - 8x2min rounds - 7.20pm
Australian Lightweight Title
Nadine Browne (Australia) v Lauryn Eagle (Australia)
Fight 1 - 6 rounds - 6.50pm
Light Heavyweight bout
Jeremy Allan (Australia) v Steve Lovett (Australia)