Interview and photo by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fightnews talks to leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy, who is the manager of IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale. Treacy says Geale next fight against Anthony Mundine will be a stepping stone to a super fight with Sergio Martinez and rates Geale as Australia’s greatest ever. Treacy also says working with top USA promoter Gary Shaw has been very important to Geale’s career.
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will defend the title against Anthony Mundine in a rematch on January 30 in Syndney, NSW, Australia. Mundine was awarded twelve round split decision over Geale in an IBO title bout in 2009. Were you happy with the officiating in their 2009 IBO title fight?
Both Mundine and Geale boxed well that night but we knew the referee and judges would lean Mundine’s way. We thought Daniel deserved the decision even though Mundine scored a knockdown – we thought we were hard done by the referee and two of the judges.
Geale has stepped up a few levels since the 2009 fight winning the IBF title in 2011 and WBA title in 2012. Do you think where Geale has improved substantially – Mundine has slipped in ability?
There are a lot of people saying that about Mundine slipping, but I think the problem is he has been badly managed. Mundine has not boxed quality opponents which makes people think he is slipping in ability. He has slipped in boxing good opponents but he has world class ability and is a dangerous opponent. Geale has improved 200% since 2009.
What were your thoughts on Mundine’s win over former world champion Bronco McKart in Las Vegas in his only fight in 2012?
I have seen all of Mundine’s fights and we will be looking at the McKart fight soon.
Felix Sturm will clash with Sam Soliman on February 1st in Germany the winner to be IBF mandatory. Who win that fight?
Sturm wins the fight because of where the fight will be, in Germany. It does not matter who wins because Geale beats them both.
Daniel Geale looks to be on the cusp of million dollar fights against Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin and a possible rematch with Felix Sturm. Your thoughts?
Sergio Martinez has said he wants to fight Daniel Geale and unify two of the titles and it is a natural progression for us – to beat Mundine and then have a super fight in the United States unifying the WBC and IBF against Martinez. We have watched several of Martinez’ fights and believe Geale has the skills to defeat him. He does not deserve to be rated the best middleweight. Had Chavez put pressure on him early in their fight he would have beat him. Martinez is beatable and Geale is the boxer who will do it.
Have you been Geale’s promoter for all his professional career? Did you follow him as amateur boxer when he won several international titles?
I followed Daniel Geale during his amateur days. At the same time I was following Mathew Paulley, whose father Steve was a good friend, also Danny Green. I was always impressed with Daniel Geale. I had no doubt he would be a world champion.
Daniel Geale has established himself as one of the greatest boxers ever from Australia with many experts tipping he will be our best ever? What are your thoughts?
Australia has had some great boxers who have boxed at the absolute top level. On Geale’s performances so far I think he has equalled any of our great champions but I feel his best fights are in front of him which will make him Australia’s greatest of all time.
USA promoter Gary Shaw has been working with you to secure million dollar fights for Daniel Geale. How important has he been to getting the big fights abroad?
It is very important to have a top notch American promoter to help secure the big fights overseas for a lot of reasons. Gary Shaw gives the fights authenticity. He is very articulate working with the IBF and all the officials and also other organisations. It is important that Geale knows we are working with the absolute best.