Daniel Geale and Matthew Macklin in talks for US bout on May 24

Phil Jay 07/04/2014

Former unified world middleweight champion Daniel Geale is in advanced talks with Matthew Macklin over a high-profile clash in the United States at the end of May.

The Australian, who recently defeated compatriot Garth Wood on the back of losing his IBF title to Darren Barker last year, confirmed that talks were underway on Monday as ‘The Real Deal’ aims for another world championship chance.

“So, my next fight in the making is against Matthew Macklin in the US on May 24,” said Geale. “Management are finalising negotiations and expect to make an announcement soon.”

The 33 year-old enjoyed almost two years at the top after dethroning Sebastian Sylvester in a split decision upset on German soil in 2011 and has since defeated the likes of Felix Sturm and Anthony Mundine.

Potential opponent Macklin, 31, has been linked to an all-Ireland battle with Andy Lee for the past few months on the back of his own comeback win over Lamar Russ at the Boardwalk Hall in December.

The ex-European champion was crushed by the formidable Gennady Golovkin in his most recent world title fight in June 2013 and will hope to move towards a fourth shot at a reigning champion once the deal is formally agreed.

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