Yesterday in Germany, Daniel Geale of Australia took a rare "road win" over a standing titlist on his home court, beating Sebastian Syvlester for a middleweight trinket on split decision scores in Neubrandenburg. Geale won two cards, 118-110 and 118-112, while Sylvester took the other, 118-110. Typical scoring in a lot of ways.
After the fight, Geale spoke with groundandpound.de about the victory, the biggest of his career.
Geale (25-1, 15 KO) is a good, solid fighter whose only loss was a highly debatable fight against Anthony Mundine in which Geale was more than competitive and in my personal opinion received the shaft on the scorecards there. But it was a good fight against Mundine, and either way raised Geale's profile. This win will do the same.
The hope, as we discussed earlier in one of the posts on the site, is that Geale will look for the best and biggest fights he can, which will need to happen with him fighting internationally. It's not going to be easy to get any of the other top middleweights to go to Australia to fight him. I would expect Geale to start with a "soft" and "celebratory" type defense at home, but after that I really do hold out legitimate hope that he'll look to take on the best. He already risked going on the road to Germany against Sylvester, so I think he would likely be willing to keep that up.
Congratulations to Daniel Geale on his big win, and hopefully soon worldwide fight fans will get to know more about him.