Interview: Daniel Geale Still Hunting The Big Names

Last week I spent over an hour on the phone with former unified WBA and IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale 31-3 (16 KOs). We spent the time discussing possible future opponents and his thoughts on being part of Roc Nation.

Obviously the deal with Roc Nation has now fallen through and he will instead remain with promoter Gary Shaw for the time being. I took my time with writing up our conversation in the hopes that his next opponent would be announced. Although, following the announcement that Andy Lee will face Peter Quillin on April 11th, it appears Geale could be waiting much longer before his next fight is signed.

Below is our conversation:

Matt – Are you back in the gym now following the holidays?

Geale – Yes. I have been back in since just following New Years. It’s great to be back training, although it was nice to have the holidays off for a change.

Matt – How do you feel about the switch over to Roc Nation?

Geale – I’m happy to be with them. The guys are really professional and it will be great to have a real push behind me in the United States.

Matt – Did you know about the deal before it went through?

Geale – No. I only heard about it after the deal was done.

Matt – Do you know who your next opponent will be?

Geale – Not yet. I am still talking to the guys and trying to see what is out there. Hopefully it will be against one of the champions. I just want to get the biggest fight possible. Any of the big name guys.

Matt – Have you been trying to lock down a shot at the WBO champion Andy Lee?

Geale – It is definitely as fight that we have spoken about. I would love that fight.

Matt – Would you go to Ireland to face him? He has mentioned that he would love to a fight over there.

Geale – I would be open to going there. As long as my team approved of everything. I would have no problem going back to Europe for a fight. I went over to Germany twice and won both times. I have no problem fighting on the road.

Matt – There has been a lot of talk that Andy Lee will be facing Peter Quillin on NBC. If that fight doesn’t come off who else would you want to fight?

Geale – Any of the big names really. I would love to fight Miguel Cotto if he were available. Anybody out there.

Matt- With the situation with Jermain Taylor and the IBF title, have you thought about angling for a shot at the vacant belt?

Geale – It’s not something that we have talked about much. Although, I would love to go for that title if the opportunity came up.

Matt – How about Sergio Martinez? Have you heard anything from him?

Geale – No. We haven’t heard anything about him.

Matt – Would you go to Argentina to fight him if the opportunity arose?

Geale – Definitely. I would definitely go over there if that was the best opportunity.

Matt – Would you prefer to have your next fight take place in Australia or America?

Geale – I would prefer to fight in America next. It is very difficult to make money fighting in Australia. Also, I want to win in America.

Matt – If you are not able to land a fight in America this time around, would you consider fighting somebody like Sam Soliman over here?

Geale – He is somebody that we have talked about. If that was the best fight available then we would do that fight.

Matt – You have fought Anthony Mundine twice, with a win a piece. If the opportunity came up would you want to do another fight with him?

Geale – It isn’t a fight that we have discussed. Although, if that was the highest paying fight that was offered we would definitely consider it.

Matt – Andre Ward just recently signed with your new promoter Roc Nation. Has your name been mentioned for his ring return?

Geale – I’m not too sure. I haven’t really heard anything.

Matt – Would you take that fight if it were offered?

Geale – I am not really looking to move up in weight, but if the fight was offered it would be really hard to turn down.

Matt – Your stable mate Bryant Jennings will be fighting Wladimir Klitscko in New York at Madison Square Garden on April 25th. You seem like a perfect fit to be on the under-card. Has that been mentioned to you?

Geale – That hasn’t been mentioned to us. But, I would love to be on that card.

Matt – Would you want to rematch Golovkin?

Geale – Yes. That is a rematch I would take. I feel like I could have done a lot more in that fight. I would do that fight anytime.

Matt – What do you think you could do differently in a rematch?

Geale – I feel I made a mistake of starting too fast. I got a little bit over anxious. I should have made sure to stay off the ropes. I would I have liked to have gotten him into the later rounds and let my experience come in to play.

Matt – When is the earliest you could be back in the ring at this point?

Geale – Anytime from April. I’m already in the gym. Just keeping fight and waiting for the right fight.

Matt – Thanks for chatting with me. I look forward to seeing you in the ring soon.

Geale – Thanks Matt. Anytime.

Floyd Mayweather jr Denied Visa; Department of Immigration Loses Credibility

Sydney, Australia; Peter Dutton MP, Minister of the Immigration and Border Protection has officially denied the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather jr’s visa application. The announcement will postpone and possibly cancel Mayweather’s planned publicity trip to Australia, which consisted of two planned events, one in Melbourne and the other in Sydney.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash released this statement; “The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern.”

The ruling was made following a campaign on the website ; famous for banning Grand Theft Auto 5 and the Bible. The petition was originally started by Angela Burrows, a domestic crisis worker in Queensland, in what seemed to be little more than a publicity stunt.

This ruling sets a dangerous precedent for the Department of Immigration. The petition on which reportedly received over 30,000 votes, allows anonymous people to vote as many times as want, regardless of where they live. The only information you are required to give are an email, which does not have to be in use, and a name. They presently have a petition live to ban the Bible from Target which has over 62,000 signatures.

Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse hardly justifies the ruling. In 2012 he served two months in jail for reportedly pulling the hair and twisting the arm of one of the mother of his children. While the crimes he committed are shocking and not to be taken lightly, he is far from someone who would endanger the Australian public as Michaelia Cash’s statement insinuated.

In fact, his visit would have done far more good for Australia than harm. His visit promised to stimulate the stagnating Australian economy. In addition to that, Mayweather had committed to a number of charitable causes and would have been able to raise thousands of dollars for those in need, specifically the homeless and disadvantaged children.

Rev Bill Crews stated: “Mr Mayweather’s celebrity will give our charity and the work we do great exposure over the coming months, which will assist us greatly to help even more people in Australia.

“The charitable funds raised during Mr Mayweather’s time in Australia will be used in the following manner: providing food and health and wellbeing programs for homeless, disabled, disadvantaged and needy people and children, including Aboriginals.”

Mayweather’s Australian publicist Max Markson is still holding out hope that Mayweather can appeal the visa denial. “I’m still very confident that we’ll get Floyd Mayweather in Australia,” Markson said. “He hasn’t offended for almost five years; he’s done his time for the crimes. I believe there are other issues there. “He’s of no danger to the Australian Community. He’s coming here with his 14-year-old daughter and her mother.”

Let’s hope that Peter Dutton and the Department of Immigration come to their senses and grant Mayweather a visa. The only people who will be hurt by their decision are those that are the most in need of help.

Will Mayweather vs Pacquiao Get Announced at the Super Bowl?

If there were not already enough reasons to tune into this years Super Bowl, now there are swirling rumours that P4P king Floyd Mayweather will announce his May 2nd fight against long time rival Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather has been spotted at the Super Bowl with Patriots owner Robert Craft (pictured above). There have been reports of the fight being close to done by ESPN and TMZ. However, those reports have been shot down by Showtime Executive Stephen Espinoza. Espinoza stated on Twitter that:

This could all be an attempt to make the announcement more of a surprise, but only time will tell.

Sonny Bill Dominates Chauncy Welliver

Sydney, Australia: Rugby standout Sonny Bill Williams dominated the far more experienced American heavyweight Chauncy Welliver tonight. The scores were 80-72 (twice) and 79-72 in the eight round heavyweight contest. Sonny Bill now improves his professional record to 7-0 (3 KOs).

Welliver started off fast in round one, looking to catch the less experienced Sonny Bill off-guard. The round was extremely sloppy and neither man landed anything of note.

Round two was fought at a much slower pace, which greatly favored the slicker sharper Sonny Bill. Sonny Bill began to control the distance and land his jab at will. Welliver had his moments but he was far less effective.

In rounds three and four Sonny Bill started to really dig to the body of the obese Welliver, who seemed to take the shots fairly well. Welliver began to appear visibly discourage however, and did his best Ricardo Mayorga impression sticking his chin out and asking Williams to hit him. Williams remained calm and composed however, and continued to outwork to poorly conditioned Welliver.

The rest of the fight followed the same script. Welliver would rush in and smother his ineffective punches, while the calm and cool Williams would wipe his face with the jab and dig crisp body punches to his flabby midsection.

Tonight’s win proved that the inexperienced Sonny Bill has what it takes to box smart and beat more experienced fighters. Whether or not Williams can replicate his success on the Rugby field in a boxing ring still remains to be seen, but this was a step in the right direction.

Following the fight Williams praised his trainer Tony Mundine and called for a future fight with Cronulla Shark’s captain Paul Gallen, who also picked up a win on the under-card.

Rios vs Alvarado III: Prediction

Tonight, live from Broomfield Colorado, the latest in boxing’s long line of trilogies takes place. As is normally the case in the rubber match, neither man is even close to at his best. The fight will take place at the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. Well above where either man has had success.

Alvarado comes in tonight following two straight losses, and having lost three of his last four fights. Two of which came by knockout. Rios enters the ring tonight having lost two of his last four fights, with his most recent win coming as an undeserved home town disqualification.

There is very little to be gained for either fighter tonight. A victory for either does very little for the status of his career, aside for putting him next in line for a fight with the likes of Tim Bradley or Ruslan Provodnikov, continuing the seemingly never-ending unofficial Top Rank round robin which has taken place over the last four or five years.

This is a fight that is only taking place to line the pockets or HBO and Top Rank. Nobody was calling for it. However, we will watch it all the same.

Look for Rios to start off slow and get out boxed in the early rounds. As he typically does, Alvarado will fall part late. Look for Rios to stop Alvarado on an accumulation of punishment in second half of the fight.