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Geale and Karmazin show respect before IBF eliminator

Roman Karmazin vs. Daniel Geale
Roman Karmazin vs. Daniel Geale

By Paul Upham in Darling Harbour: Their attitudes and demeanour were like a mirror image, even though both boxers are from other sides of the planet. There was not an inkling of trash talk to be found when Daniel Geale and Roman Karmazin came face to face at their “Judgement Day” press conference on Wednesday 27 October 2010 in Sydney.

“This is my biggest fight and he is definitely my best opponent,” admitted Australian born Geale. “But I am just going to treat it like every other fight. There is no need to blow it out of proportion and do anything stupid like that. It is just another fight for me and another fight I have trained extra hard for.”

37 year-old Karmazin 40-3-2 (26), born in Kuznetsk, Russia and a resident of Los Angeles, was equally generous with his praise.

“Daniel Geale is a very good fighter,” he said. “He has got some qualities for a boxer. He has got great stamina, he is very active. Great breathing. Those are great qualities to have and he is a world class fighter.”

Geale and Karmazin will fight over twelve rounds in an official IBF middleweight boxing world title eliminator at the State Sports Centre in Homebush on Sunday afternoon local time. The winner will be guaranteed a fight with current IBF world champion Sebastian Sylvester.

29 year-old Geale 23-1 (14), originally from Launceston, Tasmania and now a Sydney resident, lost the IBO middleweight world title in a controversial match with Anthony Mundine on 27 May 2009.

That painful loss will, hopefully for Geale, see him enter the ring as a better fighter for this important match.

“I think what I learnt (against Mundine) was how much I can actually push myself,” explained Geale. “I know in that fight I pushed myself hard. It was a good hard fight. But I know I can work harder than that. I know I can be a lot more skilled and a lot more patient as well. I know there are definitely a few attributes that I can take into this fight. I know Karmazin is a very patient sort of fighter. He will wait for me to come onto the punch. I’ll learn to be a little more patient, but still be pretty active.”

Further praising his opponent, in preparing for this fight Karmazin had watched the Geale-Mundine fight on video and stated, “In my opinion Daniel Geale won that fight on points.”

Known as “Made in Hell”, Karmazin is a former IBF junior middleweight world champion and in his last match in Germany on 5 June, fought a twelve round split decision draw with IBF middleweight world champion Sebastian Sylvester.

With wins over talented boxers Keith Holmes, Kassim Ouma, Bronco McKart and Antwun Echols, a draw with Sylvester and close points losses to Javier Castillejo and Cory Spinks, Karmazin has proven himself as a top tier level fighter. His experience fighting on the road will be invaluable for this match.

“I have fought in many different countries,” he said, “and it is true when you are fighting on foreign soil you are at a great disadvantage and you may not be able to win on points as easily. My long time trainer who passed away always told me you have to train and prepare for all twelve rounds. If there is an opportunity to knockout your opponent, no matter where you are, you have to take it. But will just see how the fight plays out.”

The Ring magazine rates Geale No.6 at middleweight and Karmazin at No.8 in their world ratings. This is a genuine battle of the contenders.

“This is our chance to get out there on the world stage,” said Geale. “Australia and the world are definitely going to take notice and say, who is this guy?

“Judgement Day” is promoted by Grange Global Promotions.

Tickets are on sale at and or by calling +61 2 46 47 9941.

“Judgement Day” will be televised live in Australia on MAIN EVENT and FOX SPORTS Pub & Club vision on Sunday 31 October 2010 from 1:00pm AEDT.

Sunday 31 October 2010
State Sports Centre, Homebush, NSW, Australia

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Lauryn Eagle vs. Christina Tai - welterweight, 6rds

Paul Upham
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