Daniel Geale on Fletcher test, Golovkin loss and middleweight division

DANIEL Geale is well aware his December 3rd date at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion with fellow Aussie star Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) could very much be make or break for his decorated career.

He talks exclusively to Aus-Boxing about his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Fletcher, his motivation to again challenge middleweight king, Gennady Golovkin, and the fact that the fire is still very much burning within to again reign supreme in the 160lbs division.

Geale’s fire is still very much burning. Burning strictly in the motivational sense.

The 33-year-old former WBA, IBF and IBO world champion is hell bent on righting the wrongs from his last fight against middleweight king, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) when he was knocked out in third round of his blockbuster world championship bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City in July of this year.

When quizzed how hard it was to come back mentally from a first time knockout loss, Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) says he’s had little time to think reflect on it, explaining that it was basically straight back to work shortly after.

“I was pretty much back to business straight away,” Geale said. “I didn’t want to dwell on it or get too frustrated by it. I was obviously very disappointed and just knew I had more to offer in the fight which was the thing that frustrated me the most.”

“At the end of the day I was in with the one of the best pound for pound fighters in world boxing, and know in my heart that if given the opportunity again, I would no doubt acquit myself a hell of a lot better than what I did. There were some positives to come out of my fight with Golovkin, and it’s those I will take into my next fight.”

Asked if it was Golovkin in particular he wanted to fight again, Geale replied by saying that he would love to yet again square off against the Kazakh superstar. He also reiterated that he still has a burning desire to fight any of the belt holders at 160lbs, feeling he can still mix it with the very best despite losing two of his past three.

“I would love to have another crack at Golovkin for sure. Having said that, I just want to fight the best there is out there, I have always said that. The fire is still alive and burning brightly,”

“At the moment we aren’t looking past what is coming up next, and that’s Jarrod Fletcher. He’s a great fighter, who moves well, has great footwork and will be a real challenge”.

On his fight with Fletcher, Geale was asked whether it was an advantage or disadvantage to fighting a guy who he knows so well inside the ring having sparred each other on many occasions.

“Yeah look, I think it’s both really. To be honest, there probably isn’t going to be a lot that we can throw at each other than we haven’t already seen so I think a big part of the fight will come down to fitness, and who wants it most.

“It could turn out to be a tricky fight,” continued Geale. “Like I’ve said, he has good movement and footwork. I think if he stays safe and tries to avoid a lot of my shots and just use his jab to try and outpoint me, I don’t want to fall into that trap of getting frustrated by it.”

“I know if I stick to what we’ve planned to do, I am very confident we can win the fight,”

Geale also paid homage to his team at the Grange Old School Boxing Gym in Sydney and his world renowned US promoter Gary Shaw. The importance of having a fight team who act strictly for the fighter’s best interests and to have a relationship built on trust is not lost on Geale, who says he wouldn’t be where he is today without them.

“I mean you can’t give them all enough credit really. When I turned pro, I knew there were two things that I really needed,” Geale added. “First was to really work by butt off long and hard, and second, to have a great team around me that I know and trust.”

“I’ve been so lucky to have that, you know, people that are looking out for your interests and not their own.”

“The guys at the Grange really love and appreciate the sport, so in the end that makes a hell of a difference. Graham, Bill, Gary, my wife Sheena, everyone involved over my journey have just been fantastic and have contributed greatly to what I’ve achieved in the sport so far,”

I strongly get the sense from Geale’s words that he still very much has unfinished business in the ring. His desire to again be world champion, coupled with the fire and the motivation to do so, still makes him a significant force on the world stage in the middleweight division.

It is now just over a week until his much anticipated fight with Fletcher. The preps are done, the miles, the sweat, the planning, the pain and the mental battles. There is nothing more to say.

Let’s get it on, gents.

Words: Dan Smart/Aus-Boxing
Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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