By Paul Upham: IBO middleweight boxing world champion Daniel Geale
will face Canadian Ian MacKillop
over ten rounds on Wednesday night at The Cube in Campbelltown, Sydney. The non-title match will headline a strong pay-per-view card which will feature a number of Australia’s best young talent. The fighters came face to face in front of the media at a press conference in Sydney City on Monday.
In the main event, 28 year-old Geale 20-0 (12), originally from Tasmania, will face 31 year-old MacKillop 25-10-3 (14), who is a late change after original IBO world title opponent James Obede Toney withdrew. MacKillop is known to Australian fans after he upset Shannan Taylor by stoppage in July 2006.Daniel Geale
“I am looking forward to a good fight. It is going to be a good tough fight. He has knocked out Shannan before and he is going to come out really strong I suspect. I’m just looking for a great fight.”Ian MacKillop
“I see Danny Geale as a very good up and coming fighter, but he has only had twenty fights. I have had nearly forty professional fights. Since I beat Shannan Taylor, I have had a few set backs. I am in the best condition for two years. I have regrouped. I am refocused now. I am going to rejuvenate my career with a win over Danny on Wednesday.
“They brought me over as an opponent for Shannan last time and they expected him to beat me easily, probably the same way they are expecting Geale to beat me on Wednesday night. I feel I am ready for another upset win.”
The 21 year-old undefeated Lenny Zappavigna 17-0 (13) takes a major step-up in competition when he faces 34 year-old former IBF/IBO junior lightweight world champion Gairy “Superman” St Clair over twelve rounds for the IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight title.Lenny Zappavigna
“I’m very happy to be fighting someone like Gairy St.Clair on Main Event Television. It is going to be a tough fight. He is a former world champion and very experienced. But I have trained hard and I am ready to go.”Gairy “Superman” St Clair
“Everyone knows Gairy St Clair. Lenny is a good, young kid. I just hope I don’t have the same judges that have judged some of my recent fights.”