By Jake Donovan
Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale are set for their anticipated middleweight clash Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout airs live on HBO.
Golovkin (29-0, 26KOs) came in at 159.8 lb. for the 11th defense of his middeweight title. Geale (30-2, 16KOs), a former middleweight titlist, was slightly lighter at 159.2 lb.
In the televised co-feature, unbeaten heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez collide in a bout to determine who will go on to face the winner of the forthcoming heavyweight title fight between tilist Bermane Stiverne and undefeated mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder.
Perez (20-0-1, 12KOs) weighed 242.2 lb., his heaviest weight in nearly three years. Jennings (18-0, 10KOs) came in at a chiseled 222.6 lb., his lightest weight since weighing 219.5 lb. for a 9th round stoppage of former heavyweight champ Siarhei Liakhovich more than two years ago.
The bout marks Jennings' second straight HBO appearance against an unbeaten heavyweight. Perez will fight on HBO for the third consecutive time.
Gennady Golovkin, 159.8 lb. vs. Daniel Geale, 159.2 lb. - 12 rounds, middleweight
Bryant Jennings, 222.6 lb. vs. Mike Perez, 242.2 lb. - 12 rounds, heavyweight
Ola Afolabi, 198.6 lb. vs. Anthony Caputo Smith, 199.2 - 10 rounds, cruiserweight
Dusty Hernandez Harrison, 147.6 lb. vs. Wilfredo Acuna, 147.2 lb. - 8 rounds, welterweights
Julian Rodriguez, 141.6 lb. vs. Yankton Southern, 140.6 lb. - 4 rounds, super lightweight
*An undercard bout between super lightweights Glen Tapia and Salim Larbi was canceled Friday morning due to unspecified medical reasons, as per the New York State Athletic Commission. The only comment made regarding the medical disqualification was that there was an issue arose upon blood test results, though no specifics were released (as of yet) on what was found.