WHAT NEXT FOR GEALE AFTER COTTO DEFEAT?
By TOM WATT on June 9 2015
After watching Daniel Geale’s 4th round TKO defeat at the hands of Miguel Cotto it was easy to write the ‘Real Deal’ off, in his last 2 Title fights (and the last 2 shown on HBO) he has been decisively beaten within 4 rounds and as we all know in Boxing, you are only as good as your last performance.
However, after taking some time to think and re-watching the fight, I found my opinion had shifted from the reactive, emotional thoughts I had on Sunday morning to a more positive outlook. Yes, Geale had been beaten comprehensively, as he had against Golovkin, but in Cotto and GGG, Geale has faced two of the best fighters of his generation and two of the most destructive guys in the sport and there can be no shame in wanting to test himself against guys that are, for the most part, avoided by many big names. Geale’s current situation is an acute reminder for myself of the pain I went through as fan following Ricky Hatton’s defeat to Manny Pacquiao – In Mayweather & Pacquiao, Hatton had been beaten twice in a short space of time by two of the greatest fighters to have lived yet he had to endure the criticism that followed such a devastating KO.
Like Hatton at the time, Geale is a step above most in his division, particularly domestically (as shown by his more than comprehensive domestic victories over Garth Woods and World Title Challenger, Jarrod Fletcher last year) but has come up short when stepping up against top-tier elite level fighters. Geale is a former two-time World Champion and is an excellent technical boxer, there is no doubt he could become World Champion again if the right fight presents itself, the question now for Geale and his team at Grange Old School Boxing, is what is the right fight?
Geale may struggle to book another prime-time HBO slot after his last two outings on the network so his options in the States may be limited, the obvious financial choice would be much-anticipated trilogy fight with fellow Aussie, Anthony Mundine – Mundine & his team are in the midst of re-scheduling his fight with Austin Trout but if that should fail to materialise then Geale Mundine III may be on the cards for 2015. Another option would be to look at the growing UK market, there are some fantastic fights at Middleweight in the UK such as Billy Joe Saunders, Andy Lee and Chris Eubank Jr, all of which would draw huge numbers for a fight with a former Champion such as Geale – Saunders in particular is someone that Geale would consider as per our conversation last year.
Finally, Geale could look to move up to Super Middleweight, with all the drama surrounding the catch-weight for this fight and the way Geale looked sapped of his strength against Cotto could encourage a move up 168lbs where there would be no shortage of potential opponents in Australia, the UK or America. Domestically, former World Champion Sakio Bika may be interested in a move back to super-middleweight following his unsuccessful jump to light-heavyweight against Adonis Stevenson. American fighters will again have the issue of Geale’s poor performances on HBO to contend with the Dirrell brothers could be an option with both coming off World Title defeats themselves.
Then there is the UK, who probably boast the most depth at Super Middleweight, Carl Froch looks set to retire (unless he is tempted by a fight with GGG) but there is still the likes of IBF World Champion James DeGale, fast-rising prospect Callum Smith and of course the ever-polarizing George Groves (set to fight Badou Jack for the WBC belt) – all of these fights seem very sell-able but the big question would be the difference in power, could Geale take his power with him and would he be able to handle the power given his KO defeats to GGG (admittedly a beast) and Cotto who is a natural light-middleweight at best.
So there are plenty of options out there for Daniel ‘Real Deal’ Geale and his team, it’ll probably be some time before we have an idea of which route, if any, they chooses to take. Sources close to Geale say retirement is not really something he is considering at the moment so we shall have to wait and see how the former two-time World Champion decides to play it.
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