Geale has his work cut out for him against Sturm
By Jason Kim: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’s) pretty much has the deck stacked up against him in his September 1st fight against WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) at the Koenig Pisener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Geale, 31, will be coming into the fight without a lot of power and will be the visiting fighter against Sturm in Germany. What this means is that the chances of Geale scoring a knockout is going to be quite low, and that unfortunately is the only way he’s likely to win the fight. Winning a decision over Sturm in Germany be impossible because he’s really never been beaten by a decision while fighting over there. Sturm has had four fights in Germany where he appeared to lose in bouts against Matthew Macklin, Martin Murray and Randy Griffin, yet he got two draws and two wins out of those fights.
It shows you what Geale is up against here. He’s going to have to find some power before September 1st if he wants to win this fight, and at his age, it’s probably not going to happen. Geale is a pure boxer that likes to bounce around the ring and hit and run against his opponents. If he tries that against Sturm, Geale will be eating so many jabs to the head that he may not be able to see much by the time the fight goes into the second half. Sturm does really well against light hitting boxers like Geale.
Sturm was supposed to be facing WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin right now, but he got permission to take the fight with Geale because it’s a unification bout. Once Sturm wins this fight, he’ll likely be given one more optional title defense before he’s finally forced to face Golovkin or risk losing his title by having stripped from him by the World Boxing Association.