Geale Fight is Barker’s Best Chance at Title, Hearn Says

by David P. Greisman

Darren Barker’s fight against International Boxing Federation beltholder Daniel Geale is his best shot at a world title, says his promoter Eddie Hearn, who spoke to speaking to BoxingScene’s David Greisman and Tim Starks of on Aug. 16 following the weigh-in in Atlantic City.

“I’ve looked at the odds on both sides of the Atlantic, and they’re quite similar. Darren’s 7-4. It means that he’s the outsider, but very slightly. Geale is the champion, obviously. He’s got the home promoter. In my opinion, it’s a 50-50 fight. I just feel this time around, we feel like the champion for some reason. He’s been here before. He fought [Sergio] Martinez in Atlantic City. This is all just very easy for him this time around. Geale is a great fighter, a pressure fighter, but I just think Darren’s bigger, stronger and punches harder. But I do think it’s going to be a great fight. I just think it’s Darren’s time.”

Geale vs. Barker will headline on HBO. Geale is coming off decision wins over Felix Sturm in September 2012 and Anthony Mundine this past January. The 32-year-old Australian from Mt. Annan, New South Wales, is 29-1 (15 knockouts). The lone loss came in his first fight with Mundine, back in 2009, a bout that saw him come up on the short end of a split decision.

Barker, 31, of London, is 25-1 with 16 knockouts. He was knocked out in the 11th round by Sergio Martinez in October 2011, bounced back with a fourth-round stoppage of Kerry Hope in December 2012 and then had a fourth-round technical knockout of Simone Rotolo this past March.

The winner of the bout will likely end up defending the title next against the mandatory challenger, Sturm.

“I think that’s a big fight in the U.K., and there will be a 75-25 split,” Hearn said of Barker-Sturm. He added that HBO had asked in the fighter meeting about potential bouts with super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch and middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin. Hearn said Barker wouldn’t be strong enough to fight at super middleweight but would be open to a fight with Golovkin, as well as bouts against Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin and Peter Quillin.

“It’s a great division,” Hearn said. “But he’s not looking past this fight at all.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Photos: Michael Conlan, Top Rank Hold Court in Belfast Felix Diaz: Crawford, Garcia, Broner Have All Ducked Me Ben Hall Faces Carson Jones For WBC Regional at SSE Arena Kai Robin Havnaa vs. Ihar Karavaeu on November 5th Ryan Martin Working With Abel Sanchez, Eyes December Return Why Arum Turned Down HBO PPV To Handle Pacquiao-Vargas Himself Vargas, in Victory, is Open To Face Anyone Next - Mayweather Too Schaefer: Canelo Beats Golovkin, I Would Have Already Made It! DiBella Forced To Withdraw Remaining 2016 NY Fight Dates Roach: Canelo-Cotto Rematch Will Happen Before Canelo-Golovkin Orlando Cruz Promises Historical Title Win Over Terry Flanagan Koncz: Manny Pacquiao is 100% Ready For Jessie Vargas Nicola Adams in Talks To Join Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Frank Warren Not Pleased With How Jamie Cox's Win Played Out Leo Santa Cruz Says Father's Illness Was a Factor in Frampton Loss Roach: Mayweather Will Fight Again, He's Looking For Pacquiao Pacquiao Credits His Discipline in Juggling Tough Schedule Orlando Cruz Vows To Beat Flanagan: I Will Be First Gay Champ! Video: Jesus Cuellar Very Eager To Finally Face Mares Roach Doubts Canelo is Serious About Cotto: He Won't Fight Us! Video: Abner Mares Discusses New Trainer, Cuellar Title Shot Crawford's Opponent in Place, Going To Contracts, Says Arum Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Mares-Cuellar, More Pacquiao vs. Vargas: No Delay Broadcast of PPV, Says Arum Video: Richard Schaefer Talks Return, Mayweather, Canelo-GGG Roach: Golovkin May Need To Jump To 175 For More Recognition Photos: Cuellar, Mares Go Face To Face at Los Angeles Presser Parker's Promoter Withdraws Funding Bid For Andy Ruiz Bout DeGale Confident That He'll Beat, Expose Weaknesses in Golovkin Roach Admits: Crawford is NOT My Favorite Fight For Pacquiao Schaefer: I Couldn't Be Coming Back With a Better Fight Card Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017? Roach: Pacquiao is Too Big, Lomachenko is Not That Good Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas Camp Notes Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko is The Fight Arum Wants To Make Most Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz on November 26, Motorpoint Roach: Golden Boy Protecting Their 'Cash Cow' From Golovkin John Molina Wants to Dethrone 140 Kingpin Terence Crawford Schaefer Explains Ringstar Business Model, PBC Relationship Roach Still Wants Pacquiao vs. Canelo: I Love That Fight!

Latest Active Forum Threads