ROCHERLEA'S Daniel Geale admits he will be fighting history as well as Gennady Golovkin when he enters ``the mecca of boxing'' for his world championship bout.
The 33-year-old is well aware of Madison Square Garden's illustrious history involving the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier but knows he must blank that all out when he takes centre stage on July 26.
``I cannot get caught up in all that when I've got a job to do fighting for a world title,'' Geale said.
``As a young fighter you dream of fighting in places like that. It's going to be a great experience.
``But I've got to be focused on what I need to do.''
Speaking to The Examiner yesterday before flying out to New York for a press conference on Sunday, Geale was looking forward to entering The Garden.
``I've only ever driven past the place. We just looked at it from the outside, so it will be good to see it from the inside.''
The former WBA middleweight world champion said his career had been building up to this fight when Golovkin's WBA and IBO world titles will be on the line over 12 rounds.
``This is the biggest fight of my career, against an undefeated fighter who they all rave about.
``This is my chance to step up and show what I've been doing. This is what it's all been building to, where I'm finally making a name in the US.
``This is my time to make it big.''
Geale also explained how his excitement at finally securing the long-awaited showdown presented some 11th-hour dramas either side of the Pacific.
The Sydney-based father-of-three announced the fight on social media on Tuesday, even posting the graphic of him and Golovkin together, before learning it had yet to be fully sanctioned by the assorted boxing bodies and promoters in the US.
``I jumped the gun and did not realise I had to wait for this official letter to be received,'' he said.
``It was a bit difficult and I felt bad about missing a few calls from people.
``My family knew it was likely to happen and when it was confirmed my wife was very excited because she loves New York.
``My dad was pretty happy, he always gets a bit nervous, but he was really excited. I told him before it was officially announced so he could tell a few mates because usually it's the other way around and he's the last to know.''