AUSTRALIA’s Daniel Geale looks set to make his return to the US, with a May 24th fight with three-time middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin verbally agreed to, with broadcasting giant HBO scheduled to televise.
Geale, 33, is fresh off a one-sided stoppage over fellow Australian Garth Wood and despite talk of a challenge against middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin at several different points in 2014, a clash against perennial contender Macklin looks likely to take place instead.
Macklin, 31, has been a contender in a stacked middleweight division for quite some time and has only been defeated by the divisions elite, included a razor-thin decision loss to Felix Sturm in 2011, followed by a competitive loss to middleweight leader Sergio Martinez in 2012.
Macklin’s reputation took a hit when he was knocked out in three rounds by Gennady Golovkin last year – but is coming off a win over Lamar Russ.
While the particulars are yet to be ironed out, the fight is set to be part of a triple-header televised by HBO on it’s Boxing After Dark program, which will also feature a WBC heavyweight title eliminator between Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez with the enigmatic James Kirkland headlining against Wille Nelson.
The bout is effectively a crossroads fight for both Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) and Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs).
While they have both featured in exciting fights on HBO and are highly rated by the sanctioning bodies, Geale was on the losing end of disputed decision in his only appearance on the network, while Macklin has lost the majority of his showcase fights.