By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
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IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is ready to to challenge WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez after defeating WBA champion Felix Sturm in 2012 and IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011. Martinez has established himself as the leading 160 pounder in the world with wins over Julio Chavez Jr, Mathew Macklin and Darren Barker but Geale is confident he has the skills to defeat the 37-year-old southpaw. Promoter Gary Shaw has had talks with Martinez’s management and believes the Argentinian, who defends his title on Saturday against Englishman Martin Murray, is keen to fight Geale in a bid to unify the division.
“That’s what we have been chasing for a while and it’s great to hear that,” Geale said. “His camp has a lot of interest so we’re hoping that it’s going to happen.”
Geale’s manager Bill Treacy and his trainer Graham Shaw are both confident Daniel Geale will be recognised as the best middleweight in the world as soon as he gets Martinez in the ring. Geale is expected to be back in the ring before August in an IBF title defense.