STRIP SEARCH: WBA STRIPS DANIEL GEALE
Press Release: After being stripped by the WBA of its middleweight super champion title because he elected to face Anthony Mundine next, Daniel Geale (28-1, 25 KOs) reflected on the WBA's latest out-of-the-ring championship change: "Whilst I enjoyed unifying titles and being crowned the WBA super champion it has become ultimately clear to me that it is impossible to keep all the belts," said Daniel Geale. [Editor's note: the true world middleweight champion, beyond any reasonable dispute, is Sergio Martinez, who is currently recognized by the WBC. Geale, who won the IBF and WBA titles from Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm repsectively, deserves top contender status to go along with his current IBF recognition. Gennady Golvokin, recognized as the WBA regular champion, is close behind, followed by newly minted WBO titlist Peter Quillin]. Geale continued: "I am aware of my mandatory obligations, however I felt that the challenge from Anthony Mundine was an opportunity to settle the score once and for all, and I want to thank the IBF for granting me the exception that creates a fight which will please all Australian boxing fans. As I proudly remain the IBF world champion, I wish the WBA and whoever they crown the same short lived pleasure as I will be coming to reclaim what is rightfully mine."