Following his dominant win over Garth Woods last night, former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale is now ready to make a big fight with undefeated contender Gennady Golovkin.
A proposed April 26 bout fell through when the date conflicted with an MMA card broadcasting in Geale’s native Australia, taking away from his ability to generate TV revenue. Golvokin is now set for a HBO bout against Andy Lee on that date.
“My ambition is to recapture a world title and bring it back to Australia,” said Geale in a prepared statement. “I will do whatever it takes to regain my status as the middleweight champion of the world. With Wood out-of-the-way, the doors have opened for other big fights. I believe Gennady Golovkin and I would make for a great fight.”
“If HBO can bring that fight to fruition then I’m all for it. Golovkin needs to fight someone of my caliber to be considered elite. The fans deserve a great competitive fight and that’s what Golovkin and I bring to the table.”
Geale’s last appearance on HBO came in August when he lost his IBF crown via split decision to Darren Barker. A more aggressive Geale returned to the ring Wednesday, posting three knockdowns and forcing Garth Wood to retire after six rounds. He vows to bring the same aggression should the Golovkin fight be made.
“I would have fought Golovkin already had there been a PPV date, but there was none available. My promoters Gary Shaw and Garrie Francisco believe this fight can happen and that’s the direction I want to go,” Geale explained. “The same style I fought against Wood is what I anticipate would be successful against Golovkin. It would be a great fight for the fans.”
This a good fight for both guys. Although Geale had a good scrap with Barker last year, GGG is the best way to ensure he gets back on HBO airwaves. And on GGG’s end, he’s in desperate need of a top opponent. If there’s enough money available in the pot, HBO should consider putting this fight on the undercard of Martinez vs. Cotto. The winner of both fights would be primed to face off to close the year.