Geale Furious With The WBA's Ruling: Sturm To Blame!
By Adrian Warren
Daniel Geale is angry, annoyed and frustrated by the "unfair" decision to strip him of his WBA middleweight Super boxing title before he has even received the belt he famously earned in Germany two months ago.
The WBA decided at their annual convention in Jakarta to strip Geale for opting to fight Anthony Mundine instead of their regular middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan.
Geale's American-based promoter Gary Shaw is waiting to hear back from WBA boss Gilberto Mendoza and is prepared to go to his headquarters in Panama after the convention in Indonesia is finished.
Geale, who is also the IBF middleweight world champion, added the WBA Super title to his portfolio by dethroning Felix Sturm in Germany in early September.
"We found it frustrating that because of Felix Sturm not fighting his mandatory for so long that the WBA put their ruling on us and they gave us half the amount of time that you usually get to have the mandatory," Geale said Friday.
"They enforced what Felix Sturm hasn't done on to me, which is definitely unfair.
"I have had the title now for two months, I still haven't received my belt in the mail and they've stripped me of the title.
"So, as you can expect, we're angry and frustrated and annoyed by that."
Geale was adamant his IBF sanctioned title defence against Mundine scheduled for next year would go ahead.
The IBF granted him an exception to regulations to fight Mundine next ahead of another Australian, Sam Soliman, who is the mandatory contender for that organisation's title.
"We basically knew whichever direction we went unfortunately we weren't going to be able to retain both titles," Geale said.
"It's very difficult for a unified champion to have more than one title.
"We believe we've made the right decision to stay with the IBF."
Geale made it clear he didn't have a problem with fighting heavy-handed Golovkin, who has an imposing record of 24-0, 21 KOs.
"At some stages, we were of the opinion that it was going to be okay (with the WBA) that I was going to fight Golovkin, not when they made me, but we definitely are going to fight him," Geale said.
"We have no problem fighting anybody in the world at the moment."
Shaw stressed Golovkin already had a fight booking next January with American cable TV network HBO and he had tried to contact the WBA about their decision.
"They are in Jakarta and I am in a middle of a bad storm on the east coast of the United States, but I have reached out for them. I am waiting to hear from them," Shaw said.
It's hard to feel bad for Geale. He chooses to fight Mundine and Soliman while there are challenges like Golovkin, Martinez, and Pirog out there instead. He got what he deserved. I'm glad the WBA didn't play around for once.Comment by ИATAS on 11-02-2012
[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;12660578]+1 Sturm/Geale winner knew they had to face Golovkin next but Geale chose to fight a 37 year old Mundine who hasn't won a halfway meaningful fight in 3 or 4 years. Fight your compatriot bum and stfu.[/QUOTE] exactly! Just…Comment by Mikhnienko on 11-02-2012
[QUOTE=JKidd2624;12659515]Apparently we know Geale doesn't have the funds to buy off the WBA like Sturm did. Sucks for him, but[B] he knew going into the Sturm bout who he had to face next[/B], and I think I remember seeing by…Comment by lutenco on 11-02-2012
WBA did right but he didn't do this in multiple occasions with other fighters so i hope he started doing this to the champs following WBA's rules seriously right now,i'm waiting to see the same with JOHN,etc.....;i mean the champ…Comment by Daïa on 11-02-2012
Sturm should have been stripped long time ago by the wba.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (22)