Daniel Geale hopes to gain some momentum to regain the gold. Geale v Osumanu Adama. Picture: Nikki Davis-Jones/heraldsun.com.au
Daniel Geale v Matthew Macklin
At 33, Daniel Geale (32-2, 16 KO) is set to head back to States after beating Garth Wood on February 19. The former IBF Champion is hell bent on retaining his belt, with high hopes that if this fight goes to plan, a chance for some gold is on the cards. Standing in his way is English powerhouse Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KO). Known as “The Tipperary Tornado”, the former European Middleweight champion only has eyes for the prize.
Geale has been a working his way back up the ranks after his losing his IBF title in August last year. Fresh off a one-sided stoppage over Wood, Geale heads into the fight confident he can regain his spot at the top of the mountain. Although there have been numerous talks about a challenge against middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, Geale feels he needs to prove that he is still one of the best middleweights in the world.
That’s where Macklin steps in. Having been a genuine contender in the middleweight division for a number of years, his only defeats have been against the division elites. A decision loss to Felix Sturm, a loss to Sergio Martinez (which went down to the final round) and a round 3 knockout loss to Golovkin. The Golovkin loss was a real blow to Macklin’s title chances, but the Englishman is out for redemption.
With both fighters essentially at the crosswords coming into this clash, there is a lot a stake. The gold is just around the corner, but realistically only for the man who wins this one.
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