Over the weekend three Australian boxers would step into the squared circle in the United States to do battle. Unfortunately some of the boxers did not achieve their desired results.
Daniel Geale lost in an extremely close 12 round clash in Atlantic City to Englishman Darren Barker who would claim Geale’s IBF Middleweight World Title. Geale put his opponent on the canvas in the sixth round with a body punch that looked like it might end the fight. Barker showed true grit and determination to rise at the count of nine and fight back bravely. Barker would go on to win a split decision with judges’ scorecards of 113-114, 116-111 and 114-113. He improved his record to 26W (16kos) 1L, while Geale suffered only his second defeat in 31 fights. Showing great sportsmanship Geale said he is extremely disappointed but will not whine about the decision. They are hoping for a rematch but this will of course depend on Barker’s and the IBF’s plans.
The undercard saw Joel Brunker have success and keep his undefeated record intact. Brunker scored an eight round unanimous points decision victory over American Mike Oliver with scores of 78-74 on all three judges’ scorecards. Brunker now stands at 27W (15kos) 0L but said after the fight he was not happy with his performance against the slippery Oliver but says it was a good step up and he will continue to learn and improve to get ready for the bigger fights.
Brisbane boxer Tyson Maher sadly couldn’t make a successful bid in his professional debut losing to Josue Rivera. The 22 year old had his opponent on the canvas in the opening round but then found himself down and lost via technical knockout in the second round.