Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Daniel Geale Leads The Title Shot Charge For Australia

By Adrian Warren

Five Australian boxers will fight for versions of a world title in a frantic burst of activity in the United States.

Daniel Geale's much anticipated clash with WBA middleweight Super champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) at New York's Madison Square Garden on July 26 represents the first of four successive weekends Australians will fight for a belt.

"This is a huge time for Aussie boxing," Geale (30-2,16 KOs) told AAP.

"We have some great talent in Australia and it's time to bring some world titles back."

Australia has two universally recognised world champions in WBC super middleweight title holder Sakio Bika and recently-crowned IBF middleweight king Sam Soliman.

Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) has his second defence pencilled in for August 16, a rematch of his first, last December, which resulted in a draw with American Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs).

"This time I can't give him a chance," said Bika of the rematch, which is again expected to be in New York.

Also on that card, Western Australia's Daniel Dawson (40-3-1,26 KOs) is set to fight former WBA light middleweight world champion Austin Trout (26-2,14 KOs).

The bout will be for either the WBA interim title or the number-one ranking in that division.

Light heavyweight Blake Caparello (19-0-1,6 KOs) and middleweight Jarrod Fletcher (18-1. 10 KOs) will get their cracks at a world title in the first two weeks of August.

Caparello gets his world title shot against Russia's WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) in New Jersey on August 2.

"He was looking for an opponent and we put our hand up and pushed really hard for the fight," Caparello said.

Fletcher, who was initially authorised by the WBA as Golovkin's next opponent, will now fight American Danny Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) for the vacant regular WBA middleweight belt in New York on August 9.

"Things have worked out well, Gealey gets his opportunity and I get mine," said Fletcher who has sparred 28 rounds with Geale this week.

Soliman, whose two main targets are Golovkin and WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, revealed his manager David Stanley had fielded plenty of offers.

"I love that we've had offers because it gives us choices," Soliman said.

Preceding the upcoming flurry of activity is the July 4 rematch in Toowoomba between former two-time WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (29-6,24 KOs) and Britain's Graham Earl,(26-4, 12 KOs), who the Queenslander stopped in a memorable slugfest in England in 2007.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ScottWeiland on 06-29-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14709014]Dang... the Bika fight is announced like this? got buried under....[/QUOTE] First I heard of it too,they likely heard Julio Jr mandatory was to be enforced so they snatched at another fight as quick as possible. I wonder what purses…

Comment by Hougigo on 06-29-2014

Dang... the Bika fight is announced like this? got buried under....

Comment by ScottWeiland on 06-29-2014

Not only tough bastards,skilled too. hopefully Bika knocks Dirrell out this time so we don't get the worst trilogy of all time.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Chavez Jr. Aims To Reclaim Lost Fans By Knocking Off Canelo Photo: Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez on Weight, Ready For Battle Washington: I Have A lot That Deontay Wilder Hasn't Seen Before Usyk-Hunter, Gvozdyk-Gonzalez Added To Lomachenko-Sosa British Boxing News: Flanagan-Petrov, Skeete-Singleton, Jay Harris Holyfield Joins PBC Broadcast Team For Wilder-Washington WBC Outlines, Explains The 'Clean Boxing' Drug Testing Program Hughie Fury On Verge of Losing Parker Shot, Must Sign Contract Dmitry Bivol Pounds, Stops Robert Berridge in Four Rounds Tony Bellew: I Want To Be Out Of Boxing Within 12 Months Izu Ugonoh on Signing His Deal With Al Haymon Wilder Aims To Send Message With Statement KO of Washington Jacobs' Adviser: Golovkin Will Pay on 3/18 for Canelo Negotiations Chavez Jr: Canelo Alvarez is Afraid of Gennady Golovkin! Frank Warren: I Strongly Fancy Walsh To Beat Gervonta Davis Braekhus Feels Refreshed With New Team, Plans For Showcase Joe Ham To Fight For Belt On Burns vs. Indongo Card De La Hoya: Canelo Would Beat Mayweather 'Easy' in Rematch! Luke Campbell Hopes To Get a Crack at Mikey Garcia's Title Chavez: I've Fought Better Opponents Than Canelo, I Can't Lose! Angel Garcia and The New York State Athletic Commission Horn's Promoter Will Wait To See How Pacquiao-Khan Plays Out Sullivan Barrera Denies Receiving Contract For Beterbiev Fight Arum Skeptical of $38M Offer to Bring Pacquiao-Khan to the UAE Roy Jones Jr. Wants Anderson Silva on Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Director Doubts Canelo-Chavez "Bet" Will Push Through Pacquiao Announces He is Negotiating With Khan for Next Fight Photo: Dmitry Bivol vs. Robert Berridge – Official Weigh-In Sanchez Adjusts Golovkin's Sparring Schedule For Jacobs Fight Emmanuel Rodriguez-Omar Narvaez Moves To March 11 SHO Bill Photos: Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington Open Workouts Haye Wants Steel Fence To Avoid Violent Bust-Up With Bellew Miguel Flores Makes No Excuses After TKO Loss To Dat Nguyen Canelo: Chavez Jr. Accepted Our Bet, He Better Honor It After Loss! Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Deal is Reached Oner: Avni Yildirim Too Strong, Will Take Teeth of David Benavides Adrian Granados Will Be Back on Showtime, Says Manager Cautious Chavez Certain He’ll Make 164.5 for Canelo Fight Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez Tops ESPN2 Bill on April 20 Broner-Granados Fight Peaked at 859,000 Viewers on Showtime
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement