Sam Soliman: Daniel Geale Has Agreed To Fight Me
Sam Soliman has his life-long dream of a boxing world crown in sight after IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Geale agreed to their title fight.
Soliman said the fellow Australian's camp had given the fight the green light, with just the date to be finalised.
"We're going to get the shot, and we've locked it in on contract," the Victorian said.
"We're just waiting for the date and we'll be fighting."
Soliman confirmed his status as the No.1 contender to Geale's belt with a unanimous points decision win over German Felix Sturm last week in Dusseldorf.
It came four days after Geale's convincing victory over Anthony Mundine in Sydney.
Geale was eyeing a lucrative re-match with former WBA champion Sturm, who he beat last year, or a big pay day in the US, but now has the 39-year-old journeyman standing in his way.
Geale was last year stripped of his WBA title when he opted to fight Mundine over mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin.
Soliman (43-11, 17 KOs) said Geale (29-1-1 15 KOs) wouldn't risk losing another belt for not fulfilling a mandatory defence against him within 90 days.
"Having the title gives you leverage to negotiate other fights so how will he get a shot at them if he relinquishes," Soliman told SEN radio.
"He won't have any leverage, he won't have anything to put on the table.
"It's a no-brainer and not only that, how bad would it be for him when the whole world wants to see us go at it."
Soliman was considered a long-shot to topple the highly-rated Sturm on his home turf, particularly after a round two knock-down thanks to a potent German right hand.
But Soliman said after that he "fired up" and his frantic work-rate and awkward style wore Sturm down over he last three rounds.
He has a reputation as one of the nice guys of boxing, alongside Geale who gained a new legion of fans against the polarising Mundine.
Soliman didn't think the fight would lose any appeal without a "bad guy" element.
"What he's done in his career and what I've done in mine, we don't need that build-up.
"People just want to see two boxers go at it.
"We've both got so much on the line neither of us are going to take a step back."
All these guys calling out all the other guys, but suddenly when Golovkin's name is mentioned everybody is silent.Comment by javierigg on 02-05-2013
gaele is a joke :gives:Comment by Hougigo on 02-05-2013
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