By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Daniel Geale is confident of defeating British middleweight Darren Barker when they clash in Atlantic City on August 17 for the IBF middleweight title. Geale knows it won’t be an easy fight and he will need all his skills to be victorious but he’s ready for the toughest fight of his career. Barker like Geale has an excellent amateur background having won a Gold Medal as a light welterweight at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games (Geale also won the Gold Medal in the welterweight division at the 2002 Manchester Games). Australian bookmakers have made Geale a solid favourite with the Australian having the better work rate but the Englishman the better puncher.
“I believe it is a matter of keeping doing what I have been, but continuing to do it better. Barker is tricky and skillful, but I don’t think he has my skills,” Geale said. “I am getting physically and mentally stronger in my boxing all the time and I think people will see that in August. Barker won a Gold Medal at the same Commonwealth Games that I did (Manchester, 2002) but I don’t remember meeting him. I’m looking forward to meeting him, and beating him, in the US. I can’t wait to get over and impress the Americans and do Australia proud.” Geale is promoted by Gary Shaw and managed by Bill Treacy.