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Middleweight titleholder Daniel Geale's defense against Australian countryman Anthony Mundine was announced in mid-October, but the date and venue had not been finalized -- until Tuesday.
The much-anticipated rematch, heralded by many as one of the biggest fights in Australian history, will take place Jan. 30 at the 11,500-seat Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, promoter Gary Shaw announced.
"In all my years in boxing, this is the biggest fight in Australian boxing history, and we are delighted to be able to bring it to Sydney," said Shaw, Geale's promoter. "This city has a proud history of staging big fights, and let me assure you they don't get bigger than this.
"Daniel Geale is considered to be, by many, one of the best middleweights in the world after winning two world titles from German fighters on German soil. Daniel is desperate to avenge his controversial loss to Mundine in 2009."
Geale outpointed Sebastian Sylvester via split decision to win a 160-pound belt in Neubrandenburg, Germany in May 2011, made two title defenses and then unified two belts by winning a split decision against Felix Sturm on Sept. 1 in Oberhausen.
One of Geale's mandatory defenses was due against Gennady Golovkin. But rather than face him, the 31-year-old Geale elected to go for revenge against the 37-year-old Mundine in a more lucrative fight, forcing him to give up one of his belts.
Mundine (44-4, 26 KOs) handed Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) his lone career defeat by 12-round split decision in May 2009. Geale has won seven consecutive fights since the loss, including winning both of his world titles.
"I'm happy we are able to move forward with the promotion now that we have a date and venue sorted," Geale said. "The Sydney Entertainment Centre is a fantastic place to hold this fight. The whole country is talking about this fight, and I can't wait to put Mundine in his place after all the trash talking he's been doing."
Mundine, a former super middleweight titlist, will be fighting at the venue, which he calls his "spiritual home" for the eighth time.
"I've had some of my best fights in this venue and I can't wait to get back here again on Jan. 30," Mundine said. "I made my pro debut and won my first world title here. It's a special place for me, and in January I'm going to write another chapter in my legacy by stopping Daniel Geale."
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