Geale set for fight of his life

LAUNCESTON boxer Daniel Geale is counting down the days before he steps up at boxing's most hallowed venue, New York's Madison Square Garden. 

Daniel Geale will start underdog against Gennady Golovkin, but he believes he has what it takes to upset the knockout king.

Daniel Geale will start underdog against Gennady Golovkin, but he believes he has what it takes to upset the knockout king.

The 33-year-old Tasmanian is in New York for the fight of his life as he challenges WBA middleweight super champion Gennady Golovkin.

Golovkin, 32, will defend his WBA and IBO middleweight title belts against Geale on Saturday (Sunday midday AEST), with the Kazakh knockout king a major hit with the home crowd. 

Geale will be just the third Australian to fight in the main theatre at Madison Square Garden, and it's a dream come true for him. 

The Aussie managed to take time out of training on Monday to visit another of the Big Apple's famed sporting venues when he met up with the Yankees ahead of their clash with the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium. 

The classy fighter was given rare access to the club house, dugouts and field of play. 

The visit to the Yankee Stadium was great, but the Launceston boxer was not so fond of New York's hustle, bustle and constant sound of car horns. 

``It is a cool place, but it's not my type of place,'' Geale said. 

``If you asked my wife she'd tell you I wouldn't be here if I didn't have to be.'' 

The Tasmanian is at long odds against arguably the most feared boxer in the sport - the undefeated Kazakh power puncher has knocked out 26 of his 29 victims. 

Geale, who has a 30-win (16 KO) and two-loss professional record, is confident the bookmakers and US press who have written him off are wrong. 

Golovkin's greatness has created a glaring potential weakness. 

He has knocked out so many opponents he has never reached the 12th round of a fight - something Geale has done in nine of his past 11 fights. 

So the longer the fight, the bigger the Australian's chances of an upset. 

``I'm sure there's no thought in Gennady's mind that I'll be able to beat him, but that serves as motivation for me as well,'' Geale said. 

The fight will be broadcast in Australia by Main Event. 

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