NEW YORK - Danny Geale faces the most devastating puncher in boxing at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden this weekend, but it is nothing compared to the battle his beloved mum is facing back in Australia.
Michelle Geale is fighting cancer.
It's an uphill struggle, but the Geales are used to overcoming adversity.
"This one is for Mum," Geale announced at his pre-fight press conference on Wednesday.
Las Vegas oddsmakers give the Launceston-born boxer next to no chance of upsetting Kazakh heavy hitter Gennady Golovkin in their world-title fight, with most expecting Geale to end up flat on his back on the canvas.
As the bout draws close and Geale is inundated with pre-fight hype half a world away in New York, the quietly spoken former world champion looks to his mum, diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, for inspiration.
"Mum is going through a bit of a tough time, but she's a tough girl," Geale told AAP.
"She fights hard.
"Mum says, 'I'm fighting hard and I'm going to beat this too'.