This morning at 4 a.m. EST on Premier Sports in the U.K. and Main Event PPV in Australia, Daniel Geale defends his IBF middleweight title against Ghana's Osumanu Adama in Hobart, Tasmania. Bad Left Hook will be here with live results and round-by-round coverage.
Note: This fight is streaming legally on WBCboxing.tv.
Geale (26-1, 15 KO) won the title from Sebastian Sylvester last May in Germany, a fight that went a bit unnoticed since it happened in the afternoon of Pacquiao vs Mosley day here in the States, but was a strong win on the road that he definitely earned. He's defended once since then, easily outclassing Eromosele Albert in August.
Adama (20-2, 15 KO) has lost twice, to Don George and Dyah Davis, both decent fighters. The George loss was debated a bit, and the Davis fight was scored close (57-55 x3), and was also back in 2009, when Shane Mosley was still good.
Geale is a -550 favorite, which seems fair to me. Adama is a quality fighter but not a top ten middleweight or anything, and not in the discussion, either. Geale is a top five guy at 160 and deserves those odds. But I'll say again, if there's an upset here, I will not be totally blown away. Surprised, but not shocked.
The undercard features a pair of 12-round bouts, one for another major title.
Billy Dib (33-1, 20 KO) will defend his IBF featherweight belt against Eduardo Escobedo (32-3, 23 KO). Lines here are Dib at -390 and Escobedo at +300.
Also featured will be 41-year-old heavyweight Kali Meehan (38-4, 31 KO), who never did quite make it, against American Travis Walker (38-7-1, 30 KO). Walker is known for his losses against Chris Arreola, Kubrat Pulev, Ruslan Chagaev, Alex Leapai, Johnathon Banks, Manny Quezada, and TJ Wilson, and not so much for any of his wins, though he did wipe out Wilson in their rematch and send him out of boxing back in 2008. Sometimes he's competitive, sometimes he's not. He's a crapshoot fighter with an iffy chin.
Welterweights, 6 Rounds
Steven Maxwell (11-5, 6 KO) vs Alex Ahtong (7-13-3, 5 KO)
Light Heavyweights, 6 Rounds
Steve Lovett (4-0, 4 KO) vs Frank Ciampa (10-18, 7 KO)
Super Featherweights, 6 Rounds
Corey McConnell (7-0-1, 0 KO) vs Roberto Lerio (13-13-1, 5 KO)
Super Middleweights, 4 Rounds
Aaron Lai (2-0, 1 KO) vs Judd Cornwall (0-1, 0 KO)