Preview written by Corey Quincy
Whatever you can do I can do better….
We all are well familiar with this classical tune. It’s feasible plot is easily applied to today’s IBF Middleweight title fight between titleholder Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (29-1-0 15 KO’s) and formidable English boxer-puncher Darren Barker (25-1-0 16 KO’s).’
Daniel Geale is the better fighter than his 31 year old opponent. At least in most perspectives. Geale’s volume work is top notch in draining the energy from his opponents. Geale’s stamina is also well improved; he’s been the distance many times and scored a valuable selection of stoppages in that process! Geale’s average power is distributed in his punch frequency — surging with hard combinations from both hands is his cup of tea.
Barker, Geale’s junior by one year, also has some tricks up his sleeve. Barker has a two and a half inch height advantage; he is very good at using his physical A-sides to the best ability one could expect. Barker is known for having exceptional punch placing; he’s less likely to skid his way into a counter punch.
This line up will lead to a good, competitive fight, presumably. The victor should be Geale, but the tough Briton is a live-underdog.
Co-headlining this show, ring savvy boxer Johnathan Romero (23-0-0 12 KO’s) will put his IBF Super Bantamweight title and undefeated record up for grabs against forceful contender Kiko Martinez (28-4-0 20 KO’s) of Spain.
Romero’s style has many twists and curves. He’s got a quality gameplan attained as he trots into every bout. His mental acuity and skills make him one of the hardest to hit, and most difficult to defeat.
Kiko Martinez is being brought into lose, but he’s here to fight. Martinez is a tank of a pressure fighter. Martinez can plod a little bit but he always manages to zap his opponents to the head and body. His best chance would be to walk Romero down.
Again, the perceived victor is Johnathan Romero. If Kiko Martinez has anything to say about it? Lets just say this fight is far from predefined!
Also to be shown on tape-delay through the HBO Broadcast, Welsh boxing sensation Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against the ill-intended Russian Sergey Kovalev.
This is the battle of boxer vs puncher you have all been waiting for. Cleverly is known for his stifling combinations; most of his opponents can be found on the retreat after being smothered by such volume for twelve rounds. Kovalev, a blood-hunger slugger, will not go for that. He’s got a deadly right hand and an executive left. Kovalev is a slight favorite in this evenly matched fight from Wales.
Be sure to tune in to HBO’s Boxing After Dark at 9:45 PM EST/6:45 PM PST for live coverage of the event. Visit HBO.com for even more information.
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