By Adrian Warren, Laine Clark
Daniel Geale and Anthony Mundine have taken opposite paths to prepare for their eagerly awaited boxing world title rematch, one man staying at home and the other heading interstate.
Mundine claims he has received a timely boost ahead of his January 30 bout with IBF middleweight champion Geale, by returning to the city where he last defeated his rival - Brisbane.
Conversely, Geale has stayed at his western Sydney base and has no plans to go elsewhere before their Sydney Entertainment bout.
Mundine on Friday completed a month-long training stint in the Queensland capital where he was awarded the controversial 2009 victory - Geale's only professional loss.
He claimed there was "something special'' about Brisbane and believed the four-week camp had provided the finetuning needed ahead of his re-match with Geale in Sydney.
"I always feel different when I leave this joint. I always feel a lot fitter and stronger,'' Mundine said.
"Moving to a different climate, it's like altitude training for me.''
"Now I am ready to shake the world up again.''
Geale lost his IBO middleweight title to Mundine in a split-points decision in Brisbane in May 2009.
He went on to win the IBF and WBA Super titles, though he was stripped of the latter for choosing to fight Mundine.
Tasmanian-born Geale relocated to Sydney several years ago and saw no reason to change his usual routine and follow Sydneysider Mundine out of town.
"Everybody to their own - I'm getting the best out of what I need to do right where I am. It definitely works for me,'' Geale said.
"We pretty much do everything we need (to) here in Sydney.
"We're very happy - we've got good sparring partners. Everything has fallen into place perfectly for us.''
Geale, who has sparred with Trent Broadhurst and former Mundine victim Rob Medley, said he kept working throughout the holiday season.
The 37-year-old Mundine, is a $3.36 outsider with bookies against hot favourite Geale ($1.30).