Darren Barker to fight for IBF title against Daniel Geale

20/05/2013 11:10

Darren Barker (25-1) will fight IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-1) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on August 17 live on Sky Sports.

Barker, 31,  has been given another world title chance after Argentine Sergio Martinez knocked out the Londoner in the 11th round of his maiden world title tilt in Atlantic City in October 2011.

After a period out through injury, Barker blasted away Simone Rotolo in March and Welshman Kerry Hope in 2012 in back-to-back stoppages.

"This is a golden opportunity for me and I feel it's my time to shine," said Barker. "It's been a tough journey for me but I'm one fight away from realising my dream and becoming world champion.

I've dedicated my entire life to this sport and since the Sergio Martinez fight I really feel like I've grown as a fighter. I can't wait to bring that IBF world title back to the UK."

Geale, 32, became world champion in May 2011 by beating Sebastian Sylvester. Four succesful defences have followed, his last outing was a redemption points win over fellow Australian Anthony Mundine in their January rematch.

The defence against Barker will be the first time the Aussie superstar has fought on American soil.

"Barker has to be one of the toughest opponents I've faced on paper but I've been in the ring with world titlist and it remains to be seen whether or not Barker can offer up anything extra, said Geale.

"He is a top-rated fighter amongst 160 pounders, but in the middleweight division that's saying a lot because the entire division is dangerous. A guy in the top 10 at middleweight would be top three or four in almost any other division.

Fighting in the United States for the first time is truly an honour. I'm going to give the fans a great night of boxing while representing my country with dignity."