DANIEL Geale has questioned the quality of Gennady Golovkin's 29 victims as the Tasmanian challenger fine-tunes his fight plan for their world championship bout in New York.
The WBA middleweight champ has knocked out 26 of those opponents in an undefeated pro career, but Geale is confident he represents the Kazakh's toughest test to date.
``He's had a lot of amateur fighters and I will make it very difficult,'' Geale said ahead of their Madison Square Garden showdown on July 26.
``Some of the guys do tend to stand in front of him or are a little bit worried about his power. Against a guy like Golovkin, you can't do that. You can't give him too much respect. You have to go out and fight your fight.
``He has shown he is susceptible to being hit. He drops his guard because he relies on that power. He knows if he hits you, he's going to hurt you.
``In the mean time, if he gets hit with big shots, it's going to hurt him and I do throw a lot of punches.''
The 33-year-old Launceston fighter, who lost his IBF world title to Englishman Darren Barker on his last fight in the US, believes his technique has evolved sufficiently to inflict the 32-year-old Golovkin's first defeat.
``I'm not going out there to be just a challenge, I'm going out there to win.
``If I fight the way I know I can, I can beat him.
``My power is improving and probably has a lot since the Barker fight and that gives me a bit of excitement for July 26.
``I'm going to focus fully on myself because I know I've got the ability to beat him. I just have to go out there and do it.''
Sydney-based father-of-three Geale, who began boxing at Lilydale PCYC and went to Rocherlea and Brooks schools, has lost just twice in his 30 pro fights after a glittering amateur career that included a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2002, three Oceania Championships and an appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
``I feel I've been peaking for the last year or so. My strength and power have improved. It's all falling into place,'' he said.
``I had a long amateur career and I was never known as a strong puncher. I was more known for my boxing skills.
``I've only been able to hurt people more consistently in the last four or five years and I'm enjoying that part of it. But I won't take away any of my boxing skills.
``Adding that extra power gets me excited, especially when I'm fighting at Madison Square Garden against a guy rated No.1 in the division. That's what it's all about.''
Golovkin and Geale will fight for both the WBA and IBO middleweight titles over 12 rounds next month.