DANIEL Geale, Australia’s former world middleweight champ, has been using four key sparring partners as he prepares for a gruelling physical battle with Irishman Matthew Macklin in Texas this month.
Geale hoped victory in Corpus Christi would lead to a superfight with his “ultimate challenge” against undefeated WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, who has 26 KOs in his 29 wins.
The Macklin fight will be shown live on Fox Sports Channel 501 on May 25 from noon.
Geale has been working with Brisbane’s Australian middleweight champ Dennis Hogan, Melbourne’s national super-middleweight champ Jake Carr, former Australian light-middleweight champ Rob Medley and Gold Coast super-middleweight Rohan Murdock.
“They’re all good, hard local fighters,” Geale said.
“Dennis is a bit similar to Macklin with an aggressive style. Jake is a big strong super-middleweight who makes you pay if you make a mistake. Rohan has good skills and Rob is very experienced as he showed going 12 rounds with Anthony Mundine.”
“They all got me back to boxing the way I know I can.”
Geale said his return to America, after losing his IBF middleweight title to Darren Barker in his American debut last August, was also a shot at redemption.
“Macklin is a tough guy and he always comes to fight,” Geale said.
“I expect him to come out confident and have a good red-hot go. That’s why we wanted this fight because it’s an exciting match-up for the fans.”
“Losing to Barker was disappointing because I thought I won the fight but I’m excited about going back because I really want to make a statement and fighting an exciting guy like Macklin — well, I think I can put on a great performance.”
Geale called Golovkin his “ultimate test at this stage.”
“He’s built up a big reputation in America and I think a lot of people are scared of him at the moment. I’m not.”
“We fought in the amateurs in 2001. I boxed terribly and he won on points but I’d love the opportunity to fight him again because I know I’d be able to prove a lot of people wrong by beating him.”
“I was due to fight Golovkin on April 26 but could not reach an agreement on TV rights to Australia so that door was closed on me. Hopefully with a win over Macklin I can open that door again.”
Reprinted from Courier Mail