WHAT NEXT FOR DANIEL GEALE?
By Tom Watt on Aug 26 2014
So where does Geale go? The obvious route, should he decide to stay in the sport is look at the IBF champion and fellow compatriot Sam Soliman (44-11-0, 18 KO), as his best route back to a World Title. Soliman defends his title against former undisputed World Champion, Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KO) on the 8th of October and 'The Real Deal' will fancy his chances against either of those opponents - despite Soliman fighting other Australian big-name fighters such as Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KO) and Anthony Mundine (46-6-0, 27 KO) multiple times, he and Geale have never collided - and a all-Australian title-fight would be enough for a major promotion domestically. However, it would be unlikely to sell well over-seas so one would imagine Geale would likely have to forfeit a large pay-day for the chance to win another World Title.
If its a big pay-day he is looking for then there is no shortage of big names in the Middleweight division - he has said he would be open to a rematch with 'GGG' to win back his WBA title although that seems unlikely with Golovkin announcing this week he will defend his title against Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KO) on October 18th at the StubHub centre in California. Miguel Cotto (39-4-0, 32 KO) holds the WBC strap and is being primed for a huge-money fight with either Mexican sensation, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) or a unification bout with GGG. - A rematch at Jr Middleweight against the P4P King, Floyd Mayweather in May of next year has also been rumoured. - That leaves time for another fight in-between now and then, whether or not he sees Geale as a viable option is yet to be seen - and Andy Lee is being touted as his likely opponent on December 13th at Madison Square Garden which would make it seem very unlikely.
So that leaves Peter Quillin (31-0-0, 22 KO) and Daniel Jacobs (28-1-0, 25 KO) in terms of legitimate belt-holders - neither are huge PPV fighters and if they are going to take a fight against a risky opponent then they are likely to want an opponent that brings a built in audience in America. Geale's best chance at securing a fight with either of these guys would be on an undercard of a much larger fight - something we are seeing more and more recently such as Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell recently battling it out for the WBC Super-Middleweight Championship on the undercard of Kell Brook and Shawn Porter's Welterweight title fight.
The Middleweights is a very competitive division at present and as Geale has made obvious his plans to remain in Boxing the question rumbles on as to who will be his next opponent. One name that will always crop up in Australian boxing is Anthony 'The Man' Mundine - a man Geale has fought twice in his career, winning one and losing the other. - Is completing a trilogy of fights with arguably the other biggest name in Australian boxing the way for 'The Real Deal' to begin his come-back trail? Only time will tell and with Mundine Promotions announcing earlier today that a big announcement would be made tomorrow, we will know very soon how likely this is.
One thing is for sure, Daniel 'Real Deal' Geale will be remembered as a World-Class Aussie fighter, mentioned in the same breath as other Australian Greats before him such as Kosta Tszyu (31-2-0, 25 KO), Jeff Fenech (29-3-1, 21 KO) and Michael Katsidis (30-6-0, 24 KO). and if he does choose to fight on, it will be with the Australian public behind him.
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