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Geale aims to be the best

Saturday, February 02, 2013

SYDNEY - Daniel Geale has set himself the target of becoming the world's No.1 ranked middleweight while legendary trainer Johnny Lewis has suggested the IBF champion tackles three-division champion Danny Green.

Geale is currently the second best ranked middleweight in the prestigious Ring ratings, behind Argentina's WBC champion Sergio Martinez.

The Sydney-based Tasmanian, who completed a fourth title defence by outpointing Anthony Mundine, could possibly fight Martinez later this year.

WBA Champion Gennady Golovkin is also on the radar, while Geale has a looming IBF mandatory fight against the winner of this weekend's bout between Australian Sam Soliman and German Felix Sturm.

"I want to be the No.1 middleweight in the world, at the moment, (my promoter) Gary (Shaw) said I'm number two, that's not good enough for me," Geale said.

"We've got massive fights to come.

"If we can bring them to Australia, great, ... if we're going to travel, I'm happy to travel, I've proven that already."

Lewis, who has trained several world champions, would like to see Geale face Green, who has not given any indication he will definitely fight on following his last bout against Shane Cameron last November.

"I reckon you could just see most probably the biggest money earning fight in Australia, I think a lot of people would like to see that," Lewis said.

"I do think that if he (Geale) was to come out and say 'we're thinking seriously of fighting Green just under the light heavyweight limit, I reckon we might get a good crowd."

Geale hasn't ruled out a third bout with Mundine.

"If the fans want that, I'll be there for sure," Geale said.

Shaw queried whether a third bout was necessary as he felt the second fight hadn't been close despite Mundine's assertion he had been robbed by officials.

Geale was disappointed but philosophical about Mundine's hasty exit from the ring without congratulating him on his win.

"It's disappointing, yes. I wish I had a dollar for every time I said something was disappointing when I'm talking about Anthony Mundine, but that's just the way it is," Geale said.

He said 37-year-old Mundine had perhaps started to show his age.

Shaw said Geale reminded him of the great British super middleweight Joe Calzaghe, who retired with a perfect professional record, but didn't gain worldwide respect until late in his career.

"He (Geale) doesn't look like he does anything spectacular, but he gets everything done," Shaw said.

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