Australian boxer Daniel Geale believes unbeaten rival Gennady Golovkin is taking victory for granted in Sunday’s world title bout in New York.
Golovkin, unbeaten in 29 bouts, will put his IBO and WBA titles on the line against Geale at the famous Madison Square Garden.
While the Australian challenger has held the IBF and WBA versions of the middleweight world title previously, he is at long odds to upset the rampaging Golovkin.
But Geale told ABC reporter Alister Nicholson this week that he believes the Golovkin camp may be playing into his hands by looking toward the Kazakhstan boxer’s next opponent.
“I think they’re taking it (winning) for granted a little bit which is good,” Geale said.
“They’re looking past me already and I don’t think they believe I’ve got any power.
“That’s good. I’ve been in that posiiton many times before and I’m going to use that to my advantage.
“Against a guy like Golovkin, it ups the stakes so much more.
“He’s a great fighter and been able to so much and so well against everybody that’s been in front of him, but I’m definitely going in there very confident and backing my own ability.”
While Geale has always stepped up to fight the best in the division, Golovkin appears to be the pacesetter among the middleweights.
He has 26 knockouts from his 29 professional wins and Geale is well aware of the power he carries.
The Australian has a simple fight plan for Golovkin and is confident his defence can hold up.
“I guess my plan is to not be hit,” Geale said.
“I think that’s the idea in every fight but when you come up against a guy who has a lot of power, the idea is not to let it be easy for him to hit you.
“I understand the guy has great timing, great footwork and heaps of experience as well.
“He hasn’t had the experiences I’ve had so I’m going to use that to my advantage.
“My defence has always been something I’ve prided myself on as well so I’ll be making it very hard for him to land any big shots.”