Promoter Gary Shaw has revealed that Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto insisted on a rematch clause for his upcoming WBC middleweight title defense against Daniel Geale as the pair prepare to trade blows on June 6 in New York.
Geale, 34, is aiming to reclaim his status as world champion at 160lbs for the first time since August 2013 and Shaw says the tough Aussie has no problems facing any of the top contenders – even in their own backyard.
‘The Real Deal’ last tasted defeat in a crushing three-round loss to the formidable Gennady Golokvin last year, and with his conqueror now the mandatory challenger, Geale will face a return fight no matter what if he can pull of a shock nex month at the Barclays Center.
“If Daniel wins, Cotto has a rematch clause, so if Cotto wants the immediate rematch then that’s what he gets. If not, according to WBC, it would be GGG again, but it doesn’t make a difference,” outlined Shaw.
“Daniel will fight anybody, anywhere. We went to Germany and fought Strum on his territory. He’s coming to New York which is Cotto’s town. It just doesn’t make a difference when you have a great fighter.”
As fans pine for a match-up consisting of any two from Cotto, Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez, Geale can throw a considerable spanner in the works if the ex-unified champion can dethrone ‘Junito’ in what will be his 35th pro fight.