Australian boxer Daniel Geale confident ahead of middleweight unification bout with Felix Sturm.
Australian boxer Daniel Geale admits he'll face one of the toughest tests of his career when he meets WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm, but says he couldn't be better prepared.
Geale, the IBF middleweight champion, will face Sturm in a unification boxing bout for the pair's titles on September 1 in Germany, a fight being touted as one of the biggest in Australia's history since Jeff Fenech met Azumah Nelson in 1991.
Sturm is the favourite, having not lost a bout since 2006, but Geale is confident of his chances and said he's never been fitter after countless sparring sessions.
"The way things are going at the gym, I feel that I’m as strong, I’m as fast and my mental toughness is right up there as well," Geale told Fox Sports News on Wednesday.
"I’m very hungry at the moment, I’m hungrier than when I was before I left to win the title last year."
Geale won his IBF title in Germany in 2011 and is looking to repeat the dose, but is under no illusions as to the challenge facing him.
"He’s a very defensive, very skilled fighter," he said. "I'm confident I can return and show the people the belts I bring back."