Sydney, NSW – Daniel Geale picked up the 30th win of his pro career tonight; dropping and dominating Jarrod Fletcher en route to a wide unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the bout 119-108 in favor of Geale.
Tonight’s fight was a very unique one. Two Australian fighters coming off losses in NYC for different versions of the WBA middleweight title. Both men were looking to revamp their careers and move on to bigger and better fights. Only one did.
Daniel Geale looked extremely sharp tonight, showing little if any, signs of wear following his loss to Gennady Golovkin earlier this year.
Round one began with a jolt. Geale came right out of the gate throwing combinations and looking to press the action. This played right into the power punching Fletcher’s hands however. Fletcher came on in the middle part of round one and proceeded to clearly outscore Geale in the first two rounds.
Geale began to find his rhythm in the third round. He started to control the distance and the pace and nullify Fletcher’s offense. Round four was more of the same leaving the fight even.
Round five saw Geale put it into another gear. Early in the round Geale countered a sloppy Fletcher jab with a right cross over the top and floored him hard. Although Fletcher managed to beat the count and finish the round, he never seemed to fully recover.
Geale continued to dominate the middle part of the fight punctuating the seventh round with a hard right uppercut that staggered the oft hurt Fletcher. Round eight was another clear Geale round, controlled by his jab and head movement.
In round nine Geale landed a crisp combination upstairs that staggered Fletcher into the corner. Geale unleashed a flurry of punches and seemed only moments away from scoring a stoppage victory, only to take his foot off the gas and coast for the rest of the round.
That was the story for the remainder of the fight. Geale would land a nice combination and hurt Fletcher only to let him off the hook.
Fletcher appeared ready to go in the eleventh round only to be saved by a 2 minute round caused by a time keeper blunder.
Round twelve was all Geale as he tried desperately to close the show.
Although, he was not able to score the knockout; Geale looking very impressive in victory tonight. With this win he has put himself right back into the title hunt in the middleweight division.
After the fight he called out the likes of Miguel Cotto and Jermain Taylor. Whether or not he can land those names remains to be seen. However, after tonight’s performance there is no doubt that he belongs at the top of the middleweight division.