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Geale seeking real TV deal
IBF and WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale is shaping up for a big US payday. Picture: Mark Evans Source: The Australian
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IBF and WBA middleweight world champion Daniel Geale continues to be wooed by American television executives.
Geale and promoter Gary Shaw met HBO president Ken Hershman yesterday and will continue talks once the winner of the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight is decided on Sunday.
"We spoke a little but everything is on hold until Saturday, until we know who the winner is," Shaw said. "There is a lot of interest in Daniel."
Geale was introduced at the Martinez-Chavez Jr press conference and has generated a lot of interest from the mainstream boxing media as the middleweight division dares to dream of a unified champion.
It is understood Martinez is willing to go straight into talks with Geale to unify the division if he claims Chavez Jr's WBC belt on Sunday.
HBO programmers are also salivating at the prospect of an undisputed champion, unseen since "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler dominated the division.
The interest in Geale contains the tremendous irony that he is the one Australian fighter US fans are excited by - an opportunity sound machine Anthony Mundine appears to have passed up because of his unwillingness to take real fights.
Mundine had a chance to fight Geale nine months ago but knocked it back.
It has never been revealed, but Geale's management team yesterday confirmed they struck a deal earlier this year with Mundine's manager Khoder Nasser for a rematch in Australia.
"I put it to Khoder nine months ago and we made the deal for them to fight," Grange Old School Boxing's Bill Treacy said.
After weeks of negotiation, "He came back to me and said he spoke to [Mundine] and he said he will never fight Geale again."