Geale ready for ‘UK’s top middleweight’ Barker

Phil Jay 05/06/2013

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale has told WBN that he had no hesitation in choosing opponent Darren Barker for his American debut as he wants an entertaining fight for the US viewers.

The ‘Real Deal’ ventures out of his homeland of Australia for the third time in his career, having been successful on both previous away trips against Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm. The 32 year-old will now take on former Sergio Martinez foe Barker on August 17 at The Turning Stone in New York, a fight which will be broadcast by HBO.

“It’s been no secret that I have been hoping to get a fight in the US for sometime now,” Geale told World Boxing News.

“The Barker fight came about after negotiations between my team and HBO. The network sent a list of fighters they were interested in me fighting and we then chose Barker because he is the top UK middleweight and would be a tough fight and great for the fans.”

Barker, 31, put in decent shift against ‘Maravilla’ Martinez in October 2011, before succumbing to the Argentinian’s superior power after eleven rounds and Geale expects a similar effort from the Londoner in the fall.

“He boxed well against Martinez, he showed he is a smart fighter with good skills,” said Geale.

“I’m excited about fighting Barker in the US, I believe it’s a huge challenge to be successful there but I am looking forward to it and I am very thankful to HBO for this opportunity.

“I never look past my next fight, but I do know there are huge fights out there for me. Unifications are definitely a great motivation and I am keen for more titles,” he added.

Undercard fights for the HBO televised clash are yet to be announced.