Daniel Geale will attend Chavez Jr vs Martinez on Saturday, and could be looking to scout an opponent. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
IBF and WBA "super" middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be in attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday night, possibly scouting an opponent to come out of the Chavez Jr vs Martinez main event on HBO pay-per-view.
"The winner of Chavez Jr and Martinez could be my next opponent," Geale said via press release.
"I'm willing to fight the best out there and my promoter Gary Shaw is ready to make it happen. It's an interesting fight and the winner puts himself in a great position to challenge me. I never shy away from a great test and I'll be ready to go when Gary Shaw tells me who my next opponent will be."
Geale (28-1, 15 KO) won a split decision against Felix Sturm on September 1 in Germany, a bit of an upset not so much because he beat Sturm, but because he managed to pull off a points win in hostile territory, where Sturm has been a favored son for years.
I find it hard to expect Geale to go right into a fight against the Chavez Jr vs Martinez winner, but then I find a lot of things hard to expect. Geale has proven he's not content to sit on title belts at home. He may well take another "soft" fight in Australia, but he and Gary Shaw sound quite serious about making serious moves and coming to the States. He's a proven, quality fighter, and his only next step up would be that type of fight. He's got nowhere else to go but sideways or down, otherwise.
Unbeaten Australian featherweight Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KO) will accompany Geale and Shaw, and will be making his U.S. debut on October 27.
There is no word on whether or not Geale intends to jump into the ring and create a fake "scene" after the fight with a challenge that would inevitably be pulled apart by various "Team (Fighter) members."