Fletcher: Geale my ticket to another world title shot

Phil Jay 22/10/2014

Australian middleweight Jarrod Fletcher is hoping to bounce back from his WBA title loss to Danny Jacobs by defeating compatriot Daniel Geale on December 3 in New South Wales.

The 31 year-old put in a brave performance going down to Jacobs in five rounds at the Barclays Center in New York last August and sees Geale as the ideal opponent as he makes his comeback later this year.

“I think it’s a great fight,” Fletcher told World Boxing News. “Whoever wins goes straight back in for a shot at a world title. It’s a must win fight for both of us, so it will be a cracker!

“Once I beat Geale, I know I’ll be line to fight for a world title and that’s what I want more than anything. It has been a dream of mine since I was a kid to become world champ and I just have Daniel Geale in my way at the moment.”

Geale, 33, is himself coming off a stoppage reverse as the former unified champion found himself on the wrong end of a mauling by current pound for pound star Gennady Golovkin over the summer.

A cautious Fletcher is refusing to believe that Geale is now past his prime though and will be fully concentrated on what he expects to be an exciting contest at the Horden Pavilion.

“I thought Daniel boxed really well against Golovkin, but he just got caught,” he said. “GGG has freakish power and if you look back, Daniel actually hit Golovkin with a beautiful right hand, but GGG walked straight through it and caught Daniel himself.

“Although Daniel and myself have never fought, we have done hundreds of rounds of sparring together. We are good friends and lived together at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) from 2002 to 2004.

“We are still good friends now, but this is business and I will be doing what ever it takes to get the win on the night.

“If you go off our sparring, it is going to be a high paced, full on fight.”

Asked whether there was any chance of a rematch with Jacobs or indeed staging the Geale bout in the US where both lost their recent challenges was on the agenda, Fletcher answered: “I don’t think so. I leave all of my fight details up to management team, but fighting Geale should definitely happen in Australia. It’s a fight the public have wanted to see for some time and I think they are going to get a cracking fight come the 3rd December.

“Right now I’m only focused on Gealey. After Geale, I will fight whoever my team puts in front on me and If that means I get another shot at Jacobs, I would be extremely happy.

“I’m looking at my fight with Daniel as a bit of a make or break fight. We are both coming of big losses and are both desperate to get back in the winners circle. I will be leaving everything in the ring come the 3rd of December, so it is going to be a very entertaining fight,” added Fletcher.

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