Geale’s promoter hoping to get Chavez Jr-Martinez winner
By Allan Fox: Gary Shaw, the promoter for IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KO’s), is hoping he can line Geale up with the winner of the September 15th clash between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.
Shaw said “I plan to have Daniel sitting ringside for the Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. fight in Las Vegas and then sit down with HBO to discuss options.”
Geale is an Australian fighter and he’s not ever fought in the United States before. I’m not sure if HBO would be excited about putting on a show between Geale and the winner of the Chavez Jr-Martinez fight. Geale doesn’t have have much power, and it might not be as interesting for HBO than it would be if the hard hitting Golovkin were to fight the winner of the Chavez Jr-Martinez fight.
Geale and WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin are mandatory opponents for each other, and have been ordered by the World Boxing Association to fight by December 31st. However, both fighters prefer to try and face the winner of the Chavez Jr-Martinez fight instead.
The reason is simple. The big money will come from the winner of that fight, and the attention in facing one of them would be huge compared to if Geale and Golovkin, neither a star, were to fight each other.
It’s going to be interesting to see which fighter – Geale or Golovkin – is able to land the fight against the Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. winner. It’s highly possible that neither Geale nor Golovkin winds up getting the fight against one of them, as there are other options available for both Chavez Jr. and Martinez besides Golovkin and Geale. While the hardcore boxing fans would no doubt like to see Golovkin or Geale fight the Chavez Jr-Martinez winner, casual boxing fans are less caring and would probably be satisfied in seeing Chavez Jr. or Martinez defend their title against someone like Kelly Pavlik, Peter Quillin or Andy Lee. Golovkin and Geale need more fights under their belt in the United States for it to be truly interesting for the casual boxing fans to see one of them fight the Chavez Jr-Martinez winner.
Geale pulled off a minor upset last weekend in defeating the home fighter WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm by a 12 round split decision.
Golovkin defeated Grzegorz Proksa by a 5th round knockout win last Saturday night on HBO in Golovkin’s first fight in the United States. He’s going to need a lot more for him to interest casual American boxing fans into wanting to see him fight the likes of Chavez Jr. or Martinez.