By Ryan Maquiñana
By the end of September, the composition of the middleweight division will have been redefined, as Daniel Geale became a unified titlist by defeating Felix Sturm over the weekend, while another beltholder, Gennady Golovkin, stopped top 10 contender Gregorsz Proksa hours later.
Geale’s promoter, Gary Shaw, was also impressed with the performance of Golovkin, who possesses the “regular” version of Geale’s WBA “super” title.
“[Golovkin] was a monster,” Shaw told BoxingScene.com. “I know how good he is. I tried to recruit him.”
Geale was no slouch in his own right, having dethroned his second titleholder on German soil last Saturday. Shaw outlined his fighter’s options Tuesday.
“Daniel has a lot of opportunities,” Shaw said. “The WBA ruled we had to fight [Golovkin] by December 3rd. Maybe that’s unrealistic. We don’t know what dates are available on the networks, so that’s hard to say.”
Of course, the biggest fight at 160 pounds occurs on 10 days from now, when universally recognized champion Sergio Martinez aims to reclaim his WBC belt against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“I’ve getting calls for—let’s see what happens with Chavez and Martinez,” Shaw added. “To me, that’s a much bigger fight for Daniel Geale than fighting Golovkin. Pirog is still out there. The 160-pound division is very, very strong right now.”
Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com and writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.