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21 OCTOBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Pick Karmazin vs. Geale

Karmazin vs. Geale
Karmazin vs. Geale

Both boxers are former world title belt holders. Both are trying to get to the very top and become a true boxing world champion at middleweight. One has youth on his side, the other immeasurable experience at the highest level. But that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Sundays IBF middleweight world title eliminator between Roman Karmazin and Daniel Geale at the State Sports Centre in Homebush, Australia.

“This should be a thrilling battle with both boxers bringing good power and fast work rates into the ring. While 29 year-old Geale has a few years of youth on his side, 37 year-old Karmazin’s experience at the highest level is considerable. With wins over name boxers Keith Holmes, Kassim Ouma, Bronco McKart and Antwun Echols, a draw with current IBF world champion Sebastian 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. Daniel Geale demonstrated against Anthony Mundine that he does have the talent to defeat the very best. That emotional painful loss to The Man will make Geale a better fighter and will see him defeat Karmazin on points over the distance in a memorable battle. Geale W.12.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“Roman Karmazin has been a good world class fighter in the recent years capable of upset wins, but his best days are gone. After a crushing defeat at the hands of Bunema, resurrected his career with an spectacular stoppage of Dionisio Miranda, a crowd pleaser fighter, but with a glass jaw. Then, the Russian got a gift from the judges as he clearly lost to Sylvester. Now has all the pressure fighting at the Aussie’s home turf. Geale is not an explosive force, but is a well deserved contender, with the home advantage and the wind blowing on his back, should sail safety to secure an un-doubtful points win. Geale W.UD.12.”
- Juan Pablo Manfredi - Buenos Aires, Argentina

“Daniel Geale is a little quicker with both his hands and his feet, but he is not as polished as Karmazin. Geale has moments in his fights where he looks like he has it all together and could rise to the next level, but there are just as many times where he appears amateurish, off balance and out of position. Karmazin has the seasoning, skill, and discipline to take advantage of these lapses and should be able to maximize these opportunities to earn a decision. Whether he is awarded the decision or not is whole different matter. Geale’s punches tend to be flashier and he will be fighting at home. If the fight is close, Geale will walk away with the win. Karmazin will likely win enough rounds to win. Karmazin W.SD.12.”
- John Lumpkin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

“It’s a shame this fight hasn’t received much attention worldwide. This is an example of some pretty good matchmaking. Geale is a contender with potential. He came up short on the cards against Anthony Mundine, but had the verdict gone the other way it would have been equally just. Geale’s biggest fault is not staying busy against fighters at the level of Mundine since. Karmazin seems to be fighting with a lot of heart these days. Had he fought this way all along, he would never have lost his title to Cory Spinks. Karmazin is very vulnerable though and even if he loses this one, he participated in 2010’s first candidate for FOTY against Dionisio Miranda. Geale doesn’t carry a lot of pop, but it’s conceivable that he could still hurt Karmazin with precision punching. Karmazin has enough power to keep Geale honest, but he has been fighting his opponents very close whether it be Miranda or Sebastian Sylvester. I expect another close contest if Geale’s toughness can hold out, which I expect it will. In Australia, I don’t see Geale losing a close contest. However, this will be another one I expect the verdict will be just no matter where it lands. Geale W.UD.12.”
- Derek Bonnett - Connecticut, USA

“It looks like it could turn out to be a tough fight for either of the two and having studied both men pretty intense on various clips I came to the conclusion that the Russian must be just a little bit quicker and sharper over all. The Aussie has a lot of heart but appear too wild with sometime looping wide punches that could be countered by an effective fighter of Karmazin’s calibre. I believe the Russians good jab and beautiful combinations which are slightly better than Geale’s if you ask me, will take its toll towards the end of the fight. Daniel hangs on to the later stages of the fight but crumbles sometime in the last two or three rounds. I’ll give the Australian to round eleven after that he is probably dead tired from missing a lot of punches. Karmazin nails him in the final round (12th). Karmazin W.KO.12.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“This looks like a fairly evenly matched fight. Daniel Geale will have the hometown advantage and youth on his side. Roman Karmazin has been in much bigger fights and has the better resume of the two. At 37, it looks like his best days are behind him. I think this fight goes the distance with Geale pulling off the victory over 12 competitive, back and forth rounds. Geale W.MD.12.”
- Derek Gionta - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“Good fight between solid Middleweight contenders. It seems like Roman Karmazin has been a contender forever and he’s fought some top guys; Kassim Ouma, Antwun Echols (when he was still dangerous), Cory Spinks, Keith Holmes to name a few. He didn’t always win but nobody could say he was an easy out. At 37 yrs old, he’s on the down side of a good career. Daniel Geale is 29 yr old and his only loss was a disputed decision to Anthony Mundine. Most people thought he beat Mundine. Geale isn’t a power puncher but is a good fighter with good technical skills. I think youth will win out in this one. Geale should win a unanimous decision. Geale W.UD.12.”
- Tri Nguyen - Alexandria, Virginia, USA

“To be honest, this fight could go either way. I think that Karmazin is the better man but he’s almost 38 years of age and Geale may pip it on work rate down the stretch. No knockdowns or knockouts and definitely a decision one way or the other. Geale wins by split points decision. Geale W.SD.12.”
- Tom Gray - Motherwell, Scotland, UK




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