By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
Leading USA promoter Gary Shaw is back in America after spending one week in Germany culminating in the IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale defeating Felux Sturm to take the WBA super middleweight belt from its long time holder. Geale had become the first boxer to travel to Germany and take the world middleweight belts from their two world title holders – Sebastian Sylvester of the IBF title in 2011 and Felix Sturm of the WBA title in 2012. Gary Shaw said “Sturm literally thought Daniel’s name was ‘Meal Deal’ and found out the hard way he’s the ‘Real Deal.’”
Geale ended sparring ten days before the fight and was on weight the entire time. There was no struggle to make weight and the game plan Graham Shaw put into place was incredible. Graham is a very underrated trainer. I nominate him for ‘Trainer of the Year’ and he needs to be recognised as one of the best trainers in boxing.
“I realised that Daniel didn’t have people around him that were dead weight. His brother Joe was a pleasure to be around and he provided an uplifting spirit. When you have people who really love you, around you for the biggest fight of your life, the good things are going to happen.
Being around Team Geale leading up to this fight was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a promoter. Together we are willing and ready to take on the toughest challenges out there. 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 all the options in the newly electrically charged middleweight division, where Geale is the only fighter holding multiple belts. There are many great fights that can be made and we’ll make the announcement on who we will fight next in the near future.”