By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Daniel Geale is in solid training for his fifth defense of the IBF middleweight title against Darren Barker in Atlantic City on August 17 and trainer Graham Shaw has selected the best sparring partners in WBA #7 super middleweight Ben McCullough, who he says is similar in style to Barker, also highly regarded light heavyweight Trent Broadhurst and former IBF rated 154 pounder Rob Medley. They are the same sparring partners he used for wins over Sebastian Sylvester, Felix Sturm and Anthony Mundine. Newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika has also been a regular Geale sparring partner in the past but he has not been available for the Barker fight. Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw and manager Bill Treacy will depart Australia with Geale for the USA on August 7th and are confident their charge will be successful and later challenge WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and WBC champion Sergio Martinez to decide who is the best 160 pounder in the world. Australian bookmakers have listed Geale as a firm favourite to defeat Barker.
“Training’s going to be very tough right up until when we leave for the US about ten days out from the fight,” Geale said. “I’ll be sparring up until then pretty much. At the moment I’m sparring with Ben McCullough – he’s good because he is naturally pretty similar to Barker. We’ll spar with Trent Broadhurst as well and Rob Medley, and they can both do a good job of working like Barker against me. Then we’ll head over to the US and do a bit of publicity in New York City, then head to Atlantic City for the fight.”