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Gary Shaw: It's tough for Geale to make 157lbs, should be fighting at 160

Gary Shaw expresses his displeasure with the 157lb catchweight for his fighter's middleweight title bout with Miguel Cotto this weekend.

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Daniel Geale's promoter, Gary Shaw, says that Geale hasn't made 157lbs since 2007 and that Geale should be able to fight for the WBC middleweight title at the middleweight limit of 160lbs.

"I have a personal problem with catchweights. We accepted the catchweight of 157 and I'm not here to complain about the catchweight. We're going to make the weight. It's going to be tough," said Shaw.

"I believe that if a fighter wants to fight at any weight that he wants to fight at, he has that opportunity, but he shouldn't stop the opponent from fighting at the sanctioned weight - which in this case is 160."

Despite the legitimacy of his claim (I also think title fights shouldn't be contested at catchweights), he and Geale did sign the contract with Cotto, and appear to be making much more noise about this now that it's clear Geale is having difficulty getting down to 157lbs. But irregardless of his difficulties making weight, Shaw still believes Geale will beat Cotto on Saturday.

"I believe Daniel Geale is going to win the fight. I believe that Miguel and his team made a mistake. If they were looking at the Golovkin fight, thinking that's the Daniel that is going to come into the ring - it will not be that same Daniel Geale," added Shaw.

Should Geale emerge with the win, it would put him in a position for a rematch with Gennady Golovkin, who is now the WBC mandatory challenger. Frankly speaking, that would be a fight that few would really want to see considering how Geale was easily blown out in three rounds by GGG last summer.

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