Geale vs Adama: Undercard to Feature Billy Dib, Kali Meehan

Kali Meehan will be back in action on the Geale vs Adama undercard on March 7. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Daniel Geale (26-1, 15 KO) will be defending his IBF middleweight title in Australia (Hobart, Tasmania to be exact) on March 7 against mandatory challenger Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KO), which is a fairly decent fight, gets a mandatory out of the way if Geale wins, and like I've said before, is a fight I can't really argue with, because Adama is the kind of guy who actually benefits from sanctioning body mandatory status.

With the Geale vs Adama main event set, the undercard is also coming together, and a pair o fights feature familiar names.

Billy Dib, who holds the IBF featherweight belt, will be in action against Mexico's Eduardo Escobedo, which could shape up as the most interesting matchup of the night. Dib (33-1, 20 KO) is a paper titlist, but no worse in that regard than many in the sport, and while he's unpopular among American fans due to once stinking it out horribly against Steven Luevano on the Hopkins vs Pavlik bill, that was a two-way street and Dib really isn't quite as dull as that fight made him seem. He's not Arturo Gatti or anything either, but he's not quite so repulsive as that bit of his reputation would lead you to believe.

Escobedo (32-3, 23 KO) is also mildly famous (very mildly) for a stink-out pay-per-view fight, as he made an atrocious effort against Daniel Ponce De Leon on the Mayweather vs Hatton show in 2007. Since then he's gone 11-0 with wins over Miguel Roman, Joksan Hernandez (twice) and veteran journeyman Cesar Soto, so I guess he's as worthy of a title shot as most people who get title shots are. Like Dib, his one real stinker effort was years ago at this point, and probably doesn't accurately represent him as a fighter.

Also in action will be veteran heavyweight Kali Meehan (38-4, 31 KO), taking on American Travis Walker (38-7-1 30 KO). Both guys can bang. You probably remember Walker from stoppage losses to Chris Arreola, Johnathon Banks, Alex Leapai, TJ Wilson, or Manuel Quezada. His last fight was a near-shutout decision loss to Kubrat Pulev in October. At 41, Meehan is mostly just a part-time fight who's "around" now.

Main Event will carry the PPV show in Australia.

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