Barker pulled from Brook undercard; Pirog, Geale, Chavez Jr and Murray all in the mix

26 Jan

Tommy Barber – London

Technically proficient middleweight contender Darren Barker has not boxed since his October knockout defeat to lineal 160lb champion Sergio Martinez and the Londoner’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports, is in discussions with a hat-trick of alphabet champions as well as an emerging Englishman and recent world title challenger. Dmitry Pirog, Daniel Geale, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Martin Murray are all viable opponents for Barker’s next bout.

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A professional fighter known for his defensive strategy, sharp left hook and precise punching, Barker (23-1-0, 14ko) – in defeat – was noted for laying a potential blueprint in how to defeat the respected Martinez as the Englishman frustrated the Argentine with a stubborn guard in Atlantic City.

It is that performance that fortified his status as a player on the international scene having dominated at British and European level. And, Hearn has confirmed that he has sought out match-ups with IBF world championship incumbent Geale, Russian pugilist Pirog – the holder of the WBO title and WBC belt holder Chavez Jr, an undefeated 160lber from Mexico.

“I have had positive talks with Pirog and Geale’s promoters and I am in constant communication with Top Rank over a Chavez fight in May,” Hearn said.

“We have also made an offer to Martin Murray and are waiting to hear back from his team. It’s a very exciting time for Darren and he needs to have a date in his head to focus on now that he is back in the gym, so a decision will be made soon.”

According to reports, Murray (23-0-0, 10ko) was receptive to an all-English encounter with Barker in what would be another north versus south card much like John Murray and Kevin Mitchell, last year. Should a world title fight not materialise for Dazzling Darren, then a mouthwatering tie between two cerebral British prizefighters could very well bear fruit.

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One Response to “Barker pulled from Brook undercard; Pirog, Geale, Chavez Jr and Murray all in the mix”


  1. News: Jan – June « On The Beak - November 18, 2012

    […] Barker pulled from Brook undercard; Pirog, Geale, Chavez Jr and Murray all in the mix […]

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