Geale and Pirog enter discussions for New Year’s Eve middleweight unification in Las Vegas

22 Oct

Tommy Barber – London

Australian middleweight sensation Daniel The Real Deal Geale has ambitions of further living up to his moniker by becoming a unified titlist at 160lbs. Already enjoying a breakout year, the 30-year-old incumbent of the IBF championship has revealed his camp are in talks with the WBO belt holder Dmitry Pirog over a prospective contest on December 31 in Las Vegas where both fighters’ belts will be on the line.

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Confetti'd Pirog basks in win. Credit: Andrey Bazdrev

“It seems their camp are very keen and we’re very keen as well,” Geale confirmed to AAP.

With a commendable amateur career behind him (Geale won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England), Geale (pictured left) has transferred his ability to claim top honours to the paid ranks as he reached the middleweight summit by knocking Sebastian Sylvester off of his perch in the German’s own backyard.

Boxing beautiful, Geale (26-1-0, 15ko) won convincingly before defending his IBF title in front of his home fans in Tasmania against Eromosele Albert.

Geale’s second defence could be for the WBO title too, as Pirog is rumoured to be warm to the idea of meeting Geale in a unification on neutral canvas on New Year’s Eve.

“My management asked me whether I wanted to go over and fight him and I said ‘let’s get on the plane and do it.’ I didn’t expect that sort of knocking on the door quite so quickly and it’s pretty exciting that those guys are interested.

“To unify the WBO and IBF titles is something that you dream about and definitely going over there to Las Vegas to fight as well is a huge incentive.”

Regarding his potential opponent, Geale assessed: “He’s a skillful, tough sort of guy, so we’re expecting a hard fight. The big thing now is to fight the big-name fighters and he’s up there, he’s one of the world champions, so he’s one that we want to knock off.”

An undefeated Russian prizefighter, Pirog – 31-years-old – only has one notable name on his resume; a fifth round stoppage over previously unbeaten American Daniel Jacobs, however, it is that victory that catapulted him up the world rankings.

Pirog (19-0-0, 15ko) has made two defences of his WBO title, against Javier Francisco Maciel (unanimous decision) in March and Gennady Martirosyan (tenth round retirement) in September.

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