Daniel Geale to defend world title in Hobart

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Hobart will play host to one of Tasmania's biggest ever sporting events in just over six weeks, when two world title fights take place at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

Tasmanian product Daniel Geale beat Nigerian-born American Eromsele Albert on home soil last August – and will now return for his mandatory IBF middleweight title defence against Osumanu Adama on March 7.

And as if these massive bouts – held just seven months apart – were not already enough to put Tasmania on the international boxing map, history will be made with a second world title fight appearing on the undercard.

Sydneysider Billy Dib will look to defend his IBF featherweight belt against promising Mexican fighter Eduardo Escobedo shortly before the highly popular Geale enters the ring.

30-year-old Geale labelled the upcoming event a little slice of Las Vegas on Monday (January 23), with both Australian champions scheduled to box against credible opponents with strong records.

"Two IBF world title fights, it doesn't happen very often, it doesn't happen in Tasmania. To be able to make it happen down here is unbelievable," he said.

"This sort of stuff sometimes happens in Vegas so to bring it down to Tassie is a pretty decent thing."

The Derwent Entertainment Centre is a wonderful venue for live sport – and what is sure to be a packed house will be privileged to witness a top-notch card.

Geale says his opponent is likely to be the most difficult he has faced in his illustrious career, but believes he will emerge victorious in front of enthusiastic local support.

"It's going to be my toughest fight to date. This guy is strong," Geale asserted.

"I definitely realise I have to step things up again and to be honest, I can't wait."

The same can almost certainly be said for Australian boxing fans, who are bound to be lining up for tickets as soon as they become available.

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  • Judy Keene says:

    I would like to purchase 2 tickets for the Danial Geale fight on the 7 March.

    How can I do this

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