This Saturday August 17, HBO’s Boxing After Dark will bring the boxing world a much anticipated match up between IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KO’s) and Englishman Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KO’s).
With the dominant champion of the division, Sergio Martinez, beginning to show signs of significantly slowing down, the time has come for a new sheriff in the middleweight division. After watching Gennady Golovkin dominate Matthew Macklin in June of this year, he seems to be the favorite to do just that. Though this writer feels that Golovkin is going to be very difficult to beat, this is still a huge fight for the division going forward. A win in Atlantic City for Geale or Barker will solidify them as one of the best Middleweights in the division, and will no doubt bring them a big money fight against Golovkin.
Both fighters are not frightened by this huge moment and have experience in big time fights. Barker fought for The Ring championship in October of 2011 against Sergio Martinez. He did lose this fight by TKO in the eleventh round, but he fought a strong valiant fight up until that point. Geale has managed to beat German champions Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm in Germany, which is very difficult to do.
This writer expects the fight to go the distance. Both of these fighters are more boxers than knockout specialists, and both are solid counter punchers with solid defenses. Though the fight looks even on paper, Geale’s high work rate and experience should be able to push him to a decision victory. Barker is also a solid boxer, but he will need to pick up his pace and will need to match Geale’s punching output to have a shot at a win.
One things for sure, this fight will either make or break the fighters. A win will bring fights with Golovkin or Quillin to determine the boss in the division , a loss will be a giant step back in either one of their careers. Who is ready to be the new Sheriff in town? We will see Saturday Night.
Hector “El Torito” Gomez