By Clive Bernath; According to Daniel Geale’s manager Garri Francisco the next opponent up for the IBF and WBA middleweight champion will be fellow Australian Sam Soliman.
Speaking to theaustrailan.com on Monday Francisco confirmed: "We’re not sure if we’ll put the fight on against Soliman in Sydney, where Daniel now resides, or we could go back to Tasmania, where he grew up. Then we can look at taking on the likes of a Gennady Golovkin,”
It makes perfect sense for Geale to face Soliman next after such a tough battle against German Felix Sturm last weekend to claim the WBA Super 160lbs title via 12 round split decision. To make a defence against the 38 year-old Soliman on home soil before facing the very dangerous and unbeaten WBA regular champion Gennady Golovkin, 24-0-(20), seems logical.
Golovkin looked highly impressive in destroying European champion Grzegorz Proksa just a few hours after Geale defeated Sturm. Prior to both Saturday night fights the WBA had ordered the winners of both fights should meet in a unification battle next. So how the WBA will react to Geale facing Soliman is anyone’s guess.
Talking about Geale’s win over Sturm on German soil last weekend Francisco told theaustralian.com: "Daniel’s win will be seen in years to come every bit as big as winning the America’s Cup.
"What he did in coming over here and winning has never been done before in the sport of boxing. It is a real game-changer and gives boxing a massive boost in Australia."
Maybe Francisco’s analogy about Geale’s victory over Sturm is a little over the top but there is no doubt Geale’s victory will ignite the enthusiasm of Australian boxing fans and a clash with the unbeaten Golovkin in early 2013 is a fight i’m certainly looking forward to
September 3, 2012