Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Geale Wants Soliman If Golovkin Fight Falls Apart

By Keith Idec

If the WBA denies Daniel Geale the fight he really wants – a shot at middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin – the former middleweight title-holder suddenly has an attractive alternative.

While Geale and his promoter, Gary Shaw, held out hope Sunday that they’ll be able to finalize a July 26 fight against Golovkin at Madison Square Garden, Shaw also acknowledged that a Geale-Sam Soliman showdown would do big business in Australia. Soliman soundly defeated Germany’s Felix Sturm in their 12-round rematch Saturday in Krefeld, Germany.

The 40-year-old Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs, 1 NC), who was born and raised in Melbourne, will now be afforded an optional defense of the IBF middleweight title Geale owned until nine months ago, when he lost it to England’s Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KOs). Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) is ranked No. 3 by the IBF, but could move up by the time the IBF’s next rankings are released. The No. 2 spot is vacant and Soliman was the No. 1 contender to Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs, 1 NC), whom Geale beat by split decision in September 2012.

“He doesn’t have to fight Geale,” Shaw said, “so I don’t know what Soliman would do. But I don’t know who he’s going to fight for any kind of money other than Daniel Geale. That would be the money fight. I think it would be a very big fight in Australia. Daniel is loved there and he’s a two-time former world champion. I think it would be a very big fight. It’s not the type of fight that would draw 80,000 or anywhere near that number, but in Australia it would be a big fight.”

The 33-year-old Geale still has his sights set on challenging Golovkin, though. HBO Sports executives have approved Geale as Golovkin’s opponent July 26, but Golovkin’s handlers at K2 Promotions and Shaw are awaiting word from the WBA regarding Golovkin’s request for an exception. The WBA recently ordered Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) to face another Australian, Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs), in his next bout because Fletcher is the leading available contender. Fletcher is ranked No. 2 by the WBA, just one spot ahead of Geale.

HBO Sports executives won’t approve the unproven Fletcher for a fight against Golovkin on the network, however, which could leave Golovkin in a precarious position if the WBA doesn’t agree to either elevate Golovkin to super champion status or grant him an exception to battle Geale. Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, informed Shaw on Sunday that the WBA assured him that the Venezuelan sanctioning organization would render a decision by Monday.

If the WBA approves Golovkin-Geale, a news conference to officially announce the fight will be held Saturday before the Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto middleweight title fight at Madison Square Garden (HBO Pay-Per-View; $64.95 in HD; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

“Hopefully we’ll get the go-ahead from the WBA [on Monday] and we’ll go forward with the fight,” Shaw said. “You never know. All I can say is I’m hopeful they’ll grant the exception because Geale really wants to fight Golovkin.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MMegatron on 06-02-2014

dont think geale will fight soliman for a title. geale will go with GGG as if he fights soliman first and loses the GGG fight disappears forever. so, after GGG beats Geale, he will next fight Soliman and beat him…

Comment by deanrw on 06-02-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14617889]The WBA better not fcuk this up.[/QUOTE] Geale just tweeted this: [URL="https://twitter.com/RealDealGeale"][B]Daniel Geale[/B] ***8207;@[B]RealDealGeale[/B] [/URL] [URL="https://twitter.com/RealDealGeale/status/473635340998037504"]8m[/URL] It's on!!!! Pumped. [URL="http://t.co/CyTIHce5Fx"]http://fb.me/2rxByJjv4[/URL]

Comment by Weebler I on 06-02-2014

The WBA better not fcuk this up.

Comment by Hougigo on 06-02-2014

Dang... if that happens and he wins, then Geale bout is gone for good. Soliman said he wouldn't figh thim unless it was for some big money though. If anything he'll make a voluntary and then try to unify

Comment by EAAE on 06-02-2014

[QUOTE=artfuL_;14617138]Someone slap the word duck on Geale's forehead, this sh*t was even guessed by alot of us :lol1:[/QUOTE] The title says "Geale wants Soliman 'IF' Golovkin fight falls apart", then the article indicated that exactly, not sure what is wrong…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Byfield Confident of Stopping Cheeseman in One-Sided Fight Canelo: Fielding Will Be Bigger, Stronger Than Me - This is a Risk Pacquiao Says Broner Fight is "90%" Likely To Push Through Canelo: If the People Want Third Golovkin Fight, We'll Make It Photos: Scott Quigg, Kid Galahad, Daniyar Yeleussinov - Workouts Photos: Katie Taylor Putting in Work For Serrano Defense Canelo To Mayweather: Stop Hurting Boxing - Fight Me! Photos: Tevin Farmer, James Tennyson - Putting in Work Photos: Demetrius Andrade Grinds For Kautondokwa Clash Photos: Jason Quigley, Freddy Hernandez - Ready For Battle Chocolatito, Cecilia Braekhus To Return on HBO, December 8 Photos: Rob Brant Showing Off His Moves at Top Rank Gym Photos: Ryota Murata Putting in Work For Rob Brant Video: Bob Arum Reacts To Canelo's Deal With DAZN Golovkin Promoter Will Be Ringside For Murata vs. Brant Clash Hearn on Canelo-DAZN: The Whole Game is About To Change Canelo-Fielding Contracts: Rehydration Clause, 2nd-Day Weigh-In Video: Rocky Fielding Discusses Showdown With Canelo Video: Canelo Talks Fielding Fight at 168, MSG, DAZN, More Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Canelo/DAZN, Joshua, DAZN Future DAZN Exec: De La Hoya The Most Important Figure in PPV History Badou Jack's Ripper Nutrition is Expanding Out To Asian Market Photos: Canelo, Golden Boy Announce Major Deal With DAZN Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding - Go Face To Face in NYC Andrey Fedosov Now Looking For Much Bigger Fights Golden Boy Prez: We Signed With The Leader of Sports Streaming! Josh Taylor: There is No Way That Anyone Beats Me at The Hydro Hearn: Canelo/DAZN Deal Will End PPV Boxing In the United States Dorticos on Masternak: I See a Man With KO Written on His Face Dogboe vs. Navarrete Set Down For Lomachenko-Pedraza Manny Pacquiao: Adrien Broner Fight is Next, January 12 or 19 Mayweather Believes He Can Get $200M Guarantee For Khabib Scott Harrison Begins His Comeback on December 8 Canelo, Oscar De La Hoya, DAZN Discuss New Mega-Deal Jessie Vargas Hopes To Return To The Ring By March Tevin Farmer: The Gervonta Davis Fight Won't Make Or Break Me Luis Ortiz Manager on Possible Hearn Deal, Status of Return Kautondokwa Warns: Andrade is Facing a Real Executioner! Sugar Ray Leonard: Joshua-Wilder is a Fight Made in Heaven Bradley Skeete Reacts To Talk of Gary Corcoran Clash
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement