Anthony Mundine has backed Daniel Geale to beat World Boxing Association middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and says the pair are on course for a third bout after announcing his fight against Joshua Clottey on April 2 at Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
With Clottey having beaten Zab Judah and Diego Corrales, and gone the distance with Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito during his 42-fight career, Mundine sees the former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion as another step towards his goal of fighting Floyd Mayweather.
If Geale is able to overcome Golovkin and Mundine can beat either Cotto or Saul Alvarez, he believes another rematch with the three-time world champion would be inevitable.
”I hope that he reaches the heights he wants to reach in the next couple of years and I reach the heights I want to reach in the next couple of years and then we will do a rematch,” Mundine said.
”That will be massive and I really hope he gets the fight against Golovkin because I really think he can beat Golovkin. I don’t think Golovkin is all he is made out to be. He is a great puncher and all, but guys fight him wrong.
”I think Geale won’t because he is a good boxer and he has the skills you need. Sometimes you have got to fight and sometimes you have got to box and he can do both.”
After easily accounting for Garth Wood on Wednesday night, Geale has targeted Golovkin. He is confident his decision to forego a fight with the hard-hitting Russian – because Main Event would not show the April 26 bout due to a clash with UFC – will not cost him.
”My team are very confident,” he said. ”I have said to them many times when they have asked me, ‘Let’s arrange it whenever we can make it happen’ and their camp is very keen as well. He is looking for opponents all the time. I believe I have got what it takes to beat Golovkin so I am very excited.”
While it must have been tough to lift himself for the fight against Wood after his world title shot fell through, Geale described the former Contender Australia winner as ideal preparation for Golovkin.
Fighting for the first time since losing his IBF middleweight belt to Darren Barker last August, Geale floored Wood three times before his opponent’s corner retired their fighter after the sixth round.
”I treat every fight like a world title fight and Garth has got certain attributes that would trouble anybody; he has got that power and strength, he likes to wrestle and throw you around so I had to stick to my guns and move my feet and I knew I would get the job done,” Geale said. ”I wasn’t surprised by the knock-downs and the amount of times that I hurt him but I was just a little bit disappointed I wasn’t able to finish it the way I wanted to.”
Mundine, who has scored a seventh-round win over Shane Mosley and a unanimous points decision against Kiwi junior middleweight Gunnar Jackson since losing to Geale last January, said Clottey was another step up.
”He is going to be a lot more confronting than Mosley,” Mundine said of the 36-year-old Ghanaian. ”Mosley is more of a boxer-puncher, this guy likes the rough stuff. He likes to be hit so it is going to be a different fight totally.”
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