Promoter Garrie Francisco says the uncertainty surrounding a new opponent for Daniel Geale has not affected the Tasmanian boxer’s preparations.
When the fight card for next week’s major event in Launceston, including Geale and rival Anthony Mundine, was announced Geale was pencilled in to fight Hatian born Daniel Eduard. But that contract fell over.
Francisco says another international opponent was found but he also pulled out and it was not until Saturday night that a contract was signed by Brazilian Samir Barbosa.
Mr Francisco says he is relieved and the uncertainty has not affected Geale’s preparations.
“Daniel is a consummate professional even if Daniel didn’t know who his opponent was on the night he would get in and work it out on the night,” he said.
Geale and Barbosa will be fighting for the IBF pan pacific title.
Reprinted for ABC Sport