Australian Daniel Geale, who lost his IBF middleweight title to Darren Barker from England last month, has launched an appeal to the IBF regarding the split decision defeat on August 17.
Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, Geale said: “The appeal normally doesn’t have much of an impact. All you can do is hope something good comes from it. We’d be happy if [the IBF] enforce the rematch. Barker is a good opponent but I know if I fought him again it would be much easier. I watched the fight for the first time on Thursday and it was probably disappointing – that I didn’t back myself 100-percent [after decking Barker with a body shot in the 6th-round]
“I knew I’d hurt him but I decided I’d worked hard that round, had exerted a lot of energy, and backed off. I didn’t see any punches where he hurt me or caught me. There wasn’t too many flush punches landed and that’s what frustrated me at the end of the fight. I know the fight was close but I felt I landed the better punches.”
Geale hoping to be back in the ring in December. Barker is set to face mandatory challenger Felix Sturm.
September 7, 2013