Promoter Gary Shaw has pointed out that he has a ‘personal problem’ with the catchweight situation that top middleweight fighter Daniel Geale finds himself in ahead of this Friday’s weigh-in for the Aussie’s clash with Miguel Cotto.
Geale, who has competed at super welterweight in the past, hasn’t made 157 or lower since 2007 and Shaw says the 34 year-old should be able to fight at the middleweight limit for what is a world 160lb title contest.
“I have a personal problem with catchweights. We accepted the catchweight of 157 and I’m not here to complain about the catch weight. We’re going to make the weight. It’s going to be tough,” said Shaw.
“I believe that if a fighter wants to fight at any weight that he wants to fight at, he has that opportunity, but he shouldn’t stop the opponent from fighting at the sanctioned weight – which in this case is 160.”
Despite the weight issue that will come to a head at the end of the week, Shaw is positive that ‘The Real Deal’ can upset the odds at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn and dethrone the Puerto Rican legend at the first time of asking.
“I believe Daniel Geale is going to win the fight. I believe that Miguel and his team made a mistake. If they were looking at the Golovkin fight, thinking that’s the Daniel that is going to come into the ring – it will not be that same Daniel Geale,” added Shaw.
A win for Geale would set up a rematch with Gennady Golovkin and a chance for the ex-unified title holder to avenge his crushing three-round loss to the solid Kazakh at Madison Square Garden in July 2014.