Geale calls for GGG showdown

Daniel Geale, right, is calling out middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin. Matt King/Getty Images

Former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale, who returned to the win column Wednesday by knocking out Australian countryman Garth Wood in the sixth round, is now calling for a fight with titleholder Gennady Golovkin.

There’s two ways to look at that. On the one hand, it’s good to see Geale call for a fight with a guy most people do not want to face. GGG has been destroying opponents and is a sure loss for most opponents. On the other hand, it’s kind of easy to call out Golovkin when you have no chance to be his next opponent -- because you already declined the opportunity.

Golovkin returns on April 26 (HBO) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) has already passed on the fight. He claims that because of the date, he cannot face Golovkin because he would have no Australian television revenue because the pay-per-view company that would handle the bout already has a UFC event scheduled the same day.

So what Geale is really doing is throwing his hat into the ring as a candidate for Golovkin this summer, should he defeat likely April 26 opponent Andy Lee.

"My ambition is to recapture a world title and bring it back to Australia,” Geale said. "I will do whatever it takes to regain my status as the middleweight champion of the world. With Wood out of the way, the doors have opened for other big fights. I believe Gennady Golovkin and I would make for a great fight. If HBO can bring that fight to fruition, then I'm all for it. Golovkin needs to fight someone of my caliber to be considered elite. The fans deserve a great competitive fight and that's what Golovkin and I bring to the table.

"I would have fought Golovkin already had there been a PPV date [in Australia], but there was none available. My promoters, Gary Shaw and Garrie Francisco, believe this fight can happen and that's the direction I want to go. The same style I fought against Wood is what I anticipate would be successful against Golovkin. It would be a great fight for the fans."

Geale’s win against Wood was his first since losing his world title by split decision to England’s Darren Barker in a great fight in August in Atlantic City, N.J.