GEALE TAKES NATHAN WEBBER UNDER HIS WING
By Tom Watt on Aug 7 2017
Daniel Geale is somewhat of an Aussie Boxing icon, the former two-time World Champion has faced the best in his division both domestically and globally and has never been one to step away from a challenge. And while the likeable Tasmanian-born fighter mulls over a decision to continue his career, he is keeping busy by passing on his years of experience to young undefeated welterweight prospect, Nathan Webber.
Webber himself was a highly-touted amateur, picking up a Silver medal at an International tournament in Poland before sacrificing a shot at Commonwealth Games glory to turn professional last year. The former Queensland-based fighter, who previously trained under Jeff Horn’s trainer, Glen Rushton, during his impressive amateur career has all the tools at his disposal to become a success and having seen former team-mate Jeff Horn recently overcome Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated Aussie is determined to follow in those footsteps and under the tutelage of another Aussie great in Gale, he has positioned himself very well to do exactly that.
In working with Geale, Webber has tapped into the mind of one the country’s greatest ever boxers who has previously held World Titles with the WBA, IBF and IBO as well as sharing the ring with the likes of Felix Sturm, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin. Geale never possessed incredible power and relied on his excellent technique, ring IQ and always fought to a game-plan, all traits that would point to him being an excellent resource to lean on for a young fighter.
The welterweight division is a stacked one, both domestically and internationally so Webber should find it fairly easy to find opponents. Should he string a couple of wins together then fighters such as Jack Brubaker, Kris George and Ben Savva will all be in the cross-hairs with former team-mat Jeff Horn headlining the Australian welterweight rankings at present. Webber, for now, just seems to be focussed on getting some fights and rounds in the bag, with his impressive amateur pedigree and the tutelage of Geale, expectations for the Queenslander will be high.
T2TBoxing’s interview with Daniel Geale and Nathan Webber can be seen below