By Paul Upham: Former IBO middleweight boxing world champion Daniel Geale looked sharp in stopping Kariz Kariuki in eleven rounds on Wednesday night 2 June, headlining “The New Breed” at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW, promoted by Grange Old School Boxing.
“What a tough fight,” said Geale. “What a tough champion Kariz is. It was a great fight. It was what I needed. I got to work on a few things and he took a lot of shots and made me work hard for it.”
29 year-old “Real Deal” Geale 23-1 (14) is originally from Launceston, Tasmania and represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The fight was fairly competitive until Kariuki was hurt in round 6 after a constant barrage of Geale offence. In round 11, a flush right hand wobbled Kariuki, then a left hook rocked The Contender Australia finalist back onto ropes. 32 year-old Kariuki 21-9-2 (18), originally from Nairobi, Kenya, tried to hold on whilst hurt and referee Charlie Lucas stopped the fight at the 2:49 minute mark.
“We are pushing for a shot at the No.1 IBF ranking to force an IBF world title fight,” said Geale.
Also on the card, Billy “The Kid” Dib totally outclassed Vacharakrit Senahan and knocked him out in 1 round.
Robert Medley completely overwhelmed Argentine import Sergio Aparicio and knocked him out in three rounds at junior middleweight.
The fight of the night saw The Contender Australia arch-rivals Junior Talipeau and Nader Hamdan battling it out over eight rounds in a vicious match at super middleweight.
Talipeau landed the harder punches, but Hamdan was the more skilful of the two and landed more punches. Both boxers claimed victory. The official judges were split. Talipeau winning the points decision 77-76 and 78-74 on two cards, with Hamdan getting the vote from the third judge 77-76.
Hamdan was outraged by the decision and demanded another rematch. Their first fight ended in a technical draw. Talipeau agreed to fight Hamdan again if it is “what the fans want”.
It was a disappointing result for The Contender Australia champion Garth Wood, who sustained a deep cut over his left eye from an accidental head clash in the opening ten seconds of the fight with William Hadlow. The fight was stopped by the ringside doctor and the match was declared a technical draw.
In the opening bout of the televised portion of the card, someone forgot to tell 37 year-old veteran Shannan “Blaster” Taylor that he is meant to be over the hill and ready for retirement. The local knocked out Ben Costello in one round at super middleweight. A right hand hurt Costello and forced him back into the corner, Taylor followed up quickly landing cleanly and the referee stopped the fight.
Wednesday 2 June 2010
Wollongong Entertainment Centre, NSW, Australia
Daniel Geale w.ko.11 Kariz Kariuki - middleweight.
Billy Dib w.ko.1 Vacharakrit Senahan - featherweight.
Robert Medley w.ko.3 Sergio Aparicio - junior middleweight
Junior Talipeau w.sd.8 Nader Hamdan - super middleweight.
77-76, 76-77, 78-74
Garth Wood tech.draw.1 William Hadlow - super middleweight.
Shannan Taylor w.ko.1 Ben Costello - super middleweight