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Geale camp: Mundine, then WBA

Members of Daniel Geale's camp believe they can manoeuvre their man back into fighting for a WBA middleweight title, as the war of words continues between their fighter and opponent Anthony Mundine.

Their fight has been scheduled for January 30 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Only Geale's IBF belt will be on the line, after the WBA stripped him of its world title for fighting Mundine Gennady Golovkin. But Golovkin is reportedly looking at moving up to super middleweight for his next fight in January.

In the often-mystifying world of boxing, the WBA has added to the confusion by sanctioning a fight for its WBA interim middleweight title between Englishman Martin Murray and Venezuela's Jorge Navarro in Manchester later this month.

''I think Martin Murray will probably be the one that finishes up with the WBA title,'' Geale's manager Bill Treacy said. ''If he does, it's an ideal opportunity for us, because Martin Murray has already approached us about fighting Daniel. It will be a huge fight in England.''

Geale first has to deal with Mundine, whose points win over the Sydney-based Tasmanian in Brisbane three years ago is the only blot on his 29-fight professional record.


Mundine cranked up the verbal pressure on Wednesday by branding Geale a dull and boring fighter, while also suggesting his opponent's ties to the IBF could favour Geale.

''They are loyal to the IBF, and they've got big connections to the IBF. I know I'm up against it,'' Mundine said.

''I know I've got to fight the judges as well as Geale and his team. [Geale's promoter] Gary Shaw is a big influence in the world of boxing - not just in America. The only way this boy (Geale) is going to be able to win is if they (the fight officials) rob me.''

Geale fired back: ''That's just talk. He's just trying to put it out there and into people's minds and put doubt there.''

Added Treacy: ''Mundine is entitled to bring this up.

''But in all the contracts, it's the referees and judges by mutual agreement between both fighters and both parties.

''They are two Australians, so there's no home-town advantage for anyone. I think it will be a fair fight.''

Mundine referred to the Entertainment Centre - where he has a 6-2 record - as a ''sacred site'', while Geale has never fought there.

Geale chuckled when it was suggested that it would be a case of Daniel walking into the lion's den.

''No way in the world! The ring is my home - that's where I'm most comfortable and that's where I fire up the most,'' Geale said.

When they posed for the traditional face-off after the media conference, the normally mild-mannered Geale exchanged verbal flurries with Mundine.

''I just wanted to let him know he can't dictate all the talking,'' he said. AAP