Geale Beats Sylvester for IBF belt; Results from Germany
Big fight card tonight from Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg as Daniel Geale knocked off reigning IBF middleweight ruler Sebastian Sylvester after a thrilling bout.
Geale, a former undefeated IBO ruler until losing a controversial split decision to Anthony Mundine two years ago, put his height and reach advantage to good use, keeping Sylvester from taking control in the early frames.
Sylvester found his form in the middle rounds, getting inside Geale’s jab and landing short shots but the champion could not sustain his successes.
The challenger made adjustments and became much more difficult to hit while working counter combinations behind the jab, taking the later rounds.
When the scores were read, Geale won two cards by margins of 118-110 and 118-112 while Sylvester won the third card 118-110, resulting in a split decision verdict for Geale.
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Perez powers to victory
The Irish-based Cuban extended his unbeaten record to 16 fights with victories over Kerston Maxwell, Gregory Tony and then Tye Fields to land the £32,000 prize.
The pocket-rocket southpaw took just 42 seconds to overcome American Fields in the final, unleashing a barrage of punches to leave the referee with no option but to stop the bout.
His semi-final win against former French heavyweight champion Tony did not last much longer, Perez taking just 54 seconds to seal his final place.
Speaking after his breakthrough win, Perez told Sky Sports HD1/1: “I got better (as the night went on). I will send the money to my mum in Cuba and then take my fiance and young daughter out for dinner.