By David Beniuk
Daniel Geale can expect the million-dollar pay days to come his way overseas if he retains his IBF middleweight crown on Wednesday night, says boxing powerbroker Gary Shaw.
Geale faces a major career turning point when he takes on challenger Osumanu Adama in Hobart in what could be the Tasmanian's last fight at home.
Victory would mean the chance of fights in Europe and the US against the likes of German WBA champion Felix Sturm, former undisputed champion Jermain Taylor, WBO titleholder Dmitry Pirog and Argentine Sergio Martinez.
American promoter Shaw, who is behind Wednesday's double-header also featuring IBF featherweight champ Billy Dib's defence, has little doubt Geale is fighting to send his income into the stratosphere.
"Obviously we have to win Wednesday night but there are good fights overseas for him," Shaw told AAP.
"After this, I believe he'll be noticed and recognised.
"(The pay rise) could be dramatic. It depends on the fight, depends if it's Jermain Taylor or Sergio Martinez.
"But he's going to be going up to what I perceive as million-dollar pay days in the very near future."
Shaw believes Geale could be the best middleweight fighter in the world and will eventually be spoken about in Australia in the same way as three-weight champion Jeff Fenech.
"I believe he'll be right up there with Jeff," Shaw said.
"He's got to prove his mettle, he's got to get in there against Jermain Taylor, against Pirog, against Sergio Martinez, unify all the belts and I think at that point they'll appreciate who Daniel Geale is.
"I think he's very under-appreciated right now in Australia."
Geale has fought just once outside Australia, when he beat Sebastian Sylvester in Germany last year to win his IBF title.
The 31-year-old admits the chance to make the leap into the big-time is not far from his mind.
"These are opportunities that not too many people get so you have to use these as massive motivation," he told AAP.
"These are opportunities to set up my life, my family, so you've got to take it with both hands. You can't leave anything to chance.
"We see it as something that we're able to do, that's within reach.
"Probably the last five fights have been the same as well.
"I had my massive opportunity a few fights ago when I went to Germany; that was the make or break.
"We got over that hurdle. It's a matter of assessing the new hurdle in front of you and making sure you've got everything you need to overcome that."
Geale, meanwhile, left a response to Adama's recent jibe that he is a "ballet dancer" to Shaw, who didn't miss an opportunity to fire back.
"He will see when he's in the other corner and looking across the ring the difference between great footwork and a ballet dancer," Shaw said.
"He also accused our fighter of slapping. The only thing he's going to do is slap the hell out of Adama."