Geale defends IBF strap against Adama on March 7, wants tests on US canvas after

24 Jan

On The Beak – Admin

IBF middleweight world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale faces his toughest test to date when he defends his crown against number one contender Osumanu Adama, of the US, on Wednesday, March 7 as Grange Global Promotions in conjunction with Main Event Television and Gary Shaw Productions present a night of elite boxing at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. This will Geale’s last bout on home soil before heading to the US.

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Geale with IBF title. Credit: Rockfingrz

The champion wants another taste of hometown support after the roaring atmosphere generated by the D.E.C’s capacity crowd during his first defense was compared by US promoter, Gary Shaw, to that of a Las Vegas super fight.

This is Daniel’s mandatory defense of the much coveted IBF 160lb title captured in Germany last May, Geale’s record currently stands at 26-1-0, 15ko and victory is imperative in order to set up a unification bout abroad in the middle of the year. Whilst his team negotiates with Sergio Martinez, Dmitry Pirog and Felix Sturm, Daniel never looks past the fight ahead and remains totally focused on his next challenger.

Number one contender for the middleweight crown and the man looking to derail “The Real Deal’s” plan is Osumanu Adama. The former Ghanaian middleweight champion now lives and fights out of Joliet, Illinois and boasts a record of 20-2-0, 15ko. His path to a shot at the title has seen him defeat tough Mexican, Angel Hernandez for the vacant IBO world title in a shutout, defend successfully against Marcus Upshaw with a devastating fourth round knockout, followed by the systematic dismantling of Roman Karmazin over nine rounds in his past three fights..

In typical African fashion, Adama is fit, confident and an aggressive come forward fighter guaranteed to apply extreme pressure from the opening bell… the big question is “does he have what it takes” to step up in class and on to the world stage, to face the champion Daniel Geale.

In the main support, Sydney’s Billy “The Kid” Dib engages in a mandatory defense of his 126lb IBF featherweight world title as he faces the rugged and well schooled Mexican; Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo, in a fight that promises fireworks. Dib will look to continue on with his impressive form after his last outing on November 19, 2011 saw him stop the previously undefeated Italian challenger Alberto Servidei, in just two minutes and 38 seconds of the opening stanza.

Both fighters have the potential to render the judges unnecessary in this bout with Dib possessing a 33-1-0, 20ko record, Escobedo 32-3-0, 23ko and coming off a second round demolition of Joksan Hernandez for the IBF Latino regional title after visiting the canvas five times in six minutes, courtesy of the heavy handed native of Mexico City. A convincing win by “The Kid” at this level will firm his aspirations and desire to headline events Stateside.

Leading in to the main support bout, Australia’s primo heavyweight Kali “Mean Hands” Meehan defends his IBF Pan-Pacific heavyweight belt over 12 rounds against America’s much improved Travis Walker. Fox sports fans will remember Walker troubling Samoan/Australian big banger Alex Leapai back in 2010. Since taking the Leapai fight on short notice, Walker is four wins from six outings, winning the NABA USA heavyweight title along the way with his two defeats being point’s losses to former WBA champ, Ruslan Chagaev and undefeated prospect Kubrat Pulev in an IBF International title bout.

Kali Meehan will look to solidify his world ranking with the IBF (eight) and WBA (11) when he meets Walker and, with a combined force of 500lb, 350 rounds professional experience and knockout records of near 70 percent, the only advice promoters can give is “Hang on to your seats and don’t blink”.

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