|05-21-2010, 01:10 AM||#46|
East Side Guru
Join Date: Jul 2007
Re: Geale v Macklin in Sydney - August
....more Geale speculation:
Geale aims for world title
DANIELLE McKAY - May 20, 2010
By year's end Daniel Geale, the former world IBO middle weight champion, is confident he can again call himself the best.
Finally, negotiations have secured a pivotal fight for the pro boxer that, should he taste victory, will send him to an IBF world middleweight title fight.
Geale, 29, defends his IBF Pan-Pacific belt in a bout against reality TV contestant, Australian Contender finalist Kariz Kariuki at Wollongong on June 2.
A win will increase Geale's current IBF world No. 7 ranking, and position The Real Deal for some action against the federation's top fighters.
"If I can beat Kariuki I have the opportunity to fight for the No. 1 IBF position," Geale said.
"The top spot is vacant right now, so as long as I win I get the chance to fight for it.
"We're already looking at fighting Mathew Macklin or a couple of other top ranked players so I can get there.
"Then, the current champion German Sebastian Sylvester is forced into a mandatory defence, and he'll have to fight me for the world title."
Geale said his management was already in negotiations with the English fighter Macklin, with a tournament possible as soon as August.
"It's frustrating as a pro to get the timing of fights right," he said.
"There's been a lot of waiting, but we're into the business end of the year and there's every chance by end of year I can get that world title."
Geale said he had been studying Macklin's and Sylvester's form, and he was confident he could take them.
One major hurdle in his pursuit for domination however, is Sylvester's reluctance to fight outside of Germany.
"We're trying really hard to get an Australian bid for the tournament, but Sylvester doesn't like fighting out of Germany," he said.
"That means if the fight goes down to a split points decision, you tend not to get the win.
"We're lucky at the gym, we have world class sparring partners, but I am hungry at the moment, I'm really looking forward to the fight next month," he said.