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Geale in best ever shape for Mundine bout
By Adrian Warren
18:38 AEST Mon Jan 28 2013

A stronger and harder punching IBF middleweight boxing world champion Daniel Geale says he's in the best shape of his life for Wednesday's title defence against Anthony Mundine.

The two Australian boxers exuded confidence at a media conference on Monday that went longer than the Sydney Entertainment Centre bout will last if it goes the full 12 rounds.

Geale said working with Sydneysider Tony Dagosta on conditioning and nutrition for the last two months had made a massive difference and people would see big changes when he entered the ring.

"He (Dagosta) has been great, he's opened a few new areas I didn't know I had," Geale told AAP.

"It's definitely improved my strength and helped with my weight."

Geale's trainer Graham Shaw said his charge was definitely stronger while Dagosta revealed the IBF champion had made tremendous strides over the past two months.

"From day one to today he's improved over 100 per cent in his strength gains," Dagosta said.

"When he goes to boxing training with Graham Shaw, he then pushes that power through and he acknowledges the power that he feels through the pad work.

"His sparring partners have all acknowledged how much more power he has in his punching."

Shaw revealed Geale had to overcome a minor hiccup at the start of his preparation, when he had a chest infection for two to three weeks.

"But he carried on training and obviously it's gone a while ago, apart from that it's all gone according to plan," Shaw said.

Mundine was in a typically combative mood at the media conference engaging in verbal spats with Geale and the champion's promoter Gary Shaw and a News Limited journalist.

"I'll outbox you, I'll outfox you and I'll out-fight you," Mundine told Geale.

"I'm in good shape to go fast and furious for 12 rounds.

"Whatever tempo he wants to go - fast, slow, mild - I can dance to any tempo."

Mundine's father and trainer Tony said his son was very fit and fast after 14 weeks training.

Boxing power broker Gary Shaw wasn't affronted by the challenger's suggestions about his potential influence on officials.

"I've been around a long long time, I know all the referees and judges around the world and all the sanctioning bodies, I don't pay anybody off, I just do my job," Gary Shaw told AAP.

"He (Mundine) is just setting the stage in case it goes the distance and he loses the fight and then it will be 'well Gary Shaw, Gary Shaw, Gary Shaw ..."


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