Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/14/14
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale of Australia defeated Felix Sturm on a split decision to take the German's WBA title in their unification bout on Saturday night. Judges Stanley Christodoulou and Dave Parris both scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Geale, while Eugene Grant gave it 116-112 to Sturm. ''The judges scored it that way, you have to accept it. That's boxing,'' Sturm said. ''Geale punched more, I landed the cleaner hits ... he boxed superbly, gave all he got.'' Geale also won his IBF belt on a split decision in Germany, and he was making his third defense of the title he won by beating Sebastian Sylvester in Neubrandenburg last May. The 31-year-old fighter appeared more active throughout, ducking and evading Sturm's heaviest blows though the defending WBA champion managed to deliver some of his powerful left jabs. Geale was left with a small cut after the second round, while Sturm had a cut under his left eye from the eighth. Sensing a close decision, both figh...

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