I thrive on being underdog, says Geale

DANIEL Geale says he will relish the role of underdog in the biggest fight of his career at New York's Madison Square Garden next month.

The Launceston middleweight said Gennady Golovkin is a worthy world champion but has chinks in his armour.

``The thing I love is that I'm the big underdog in this fight,'' said Geale, who has twice won world title fights against Germans on their home soil.

``A lot of people don't expect me to beat Golovkin. I love that. I've been to Germany twice and people said that. And a lot of my other fights as well people said that. 

``They didn't know who I was and they always thought I was going to get beat. I thrive on that and when the time comes I'd love to upset a lot of people.''

Geale lost his IBF world title to Englishman Darren Barker in an action-packed 12-round split decision on his last appearance on HBO in August 2013, but is confident of claiming Golovkin's WBA belt on July 26.

Victory over Osumanu Adama in February gave the Kazakh his 16th consecutive victory within the distance but 33-year-old Geale, who beat compatriot Garth Wood by TKO in the same month, is not daunted by his opponent's pro record of 26 knock-outs from 29 straight wins.

``You have to show a lot of confidence. I know my ability. I'm looking forward to this fight. 

``Skillfully, Golovkin is very good. Powerfully, he's very good as well. [But] there are a few things that he hasn't been tested on. And I know, with my style, I'm going to test him on that.

``Everybody knows the style that I fight. I throw a lot of punches and that will be the case. If he's there with his guard down and confident, as he usually does, then I will be landing punches and eventually I will be hurting the guy.''

Geale, whose pro record features 16 knockouts and two losses from 30 fights, told 8CountNews.com that he is the toughest prospect Golovkin has faced.

``You can't discount how he's been able to put away everybody in his path. You can't put him down too much for that. But some of the guys weren't quite up to his level. 

``I'm just looking forward to getting in there, showing what I'm about again and doing my thing. 

``I think the trick is, as well, that I don't fall into his traps. He likes to stand off and wait for you to do something and then he'll bang you out. But I know what my strengths are and what my weaknesses are and I'll want to capitalise on his weaknesses and make my strengths shine.

``I'll give the fans what they want to see. They want to see a fight, I'll be in there to fight. This fight, when I win it, is going to be a huge step for me. It puts me back where I want to be.''

Daniel  Geale

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