Daniel Geale Sets Up Weak First Title Defense

Daniel Geale has chosen an unfortunately weak opponent for his first trinket defense. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Phil D. Jay of World Boxing News reports that IBF middleweight titleholder Daniel Geale has set up his first belt defense, and the news isn't particularly exciting. In fact, the fight sucks.

Geale (25-1, 15 KO) won the belt on the road in Germany from Sebastian Sylvester on May 7. The 30-year-old Aussie talked the talk about fighting world-class opponents after, but isn't following up on that, naming Eromosele Albert (24-4-1, 12 KO) as his first challenger.

Albert, 36, was a fringe contender at his peak, and he's past that now. He's obviously being set up as a "victory lap" opponent for Geale, who will face Albert in his native Tasmania. This is not a good omen for his reign, and gives the early impression that he's going to do what so many fighters have done in the four-belt era, which is basically hold a belt hostage, fighting at home against mediocre opponents.

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