By Mark Vester
The IBO has reviewed a tape of the fight and ordered a rematch between their middleweight champion Anthony Mundine and former champion Daniel Geale. If Mundine does not have a rematch with Geale by the end of February 2010, they will strip him of the title. Geale does not expect Mundine to fight him again. After losing a close decision to Mundine in May, Geale launched a protest over the officiating and intimidation of officials by Mundine and his team.
"I was told today that he had to fight me again by February 27 or otherwise they will strip him of the title," Geale told AAP. "I spoke to my manager today and we weren't very confident that he will. I think he has got some commitments to "The Contender Reality TV Boxing Show" and he has to fight the winner of that, but we're not real confident he wanted to fight me again. Its a little bit frustrating at this stage."
Geale confirmed that his next fight will likely be against American veteran Aaron Mitchell.
"I think that's who we're looking at this stage, he's a really good opponent for us at this stage," Geale said. "He's pretty much a veteran. He's getting a little bit older, but he's not too old, he's got a great record. He fought some good fighters and that's what I need at the moment. I need to fight good fighters and that's what I need at the moment."
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