Darren Barker talks tactics ahead of Daniel Geale world title clash

Last Updated: 25/07/13 2:00pm

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Darren Barker gives an insight into his thoughts ahead of his IBF middleweight world title fight against Daniel Geale.

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Darren Barker says if his world title fight with Daniel Geale becomes a chess match then he knows all the moves to win.

The 31-year-old is hoping to end a long wait to become a world champion when he fights for the IBF middleweight title in Atlantic City on August 17, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, and suspects the clash may be decided by more than pure boxing ability.

Barker believes tactics could play a key role against Geale, but he says he's been keeping tabs on his opponent since their amateur days more than a decade ago and knows just what it will take to prise his belt away from him.

"I know a lot about him and I know what it takes to beat him," he told Ringside.

"I don't tend to drive myself mad watching my opponents' fights, but you'd be naive not to have a look and pick out faults and strengths.

"They don't hand out world titles for nothing and he's earned his right to be champion, but my strengths are better than his. I think I hit harder, I'm quicker and that will be the difference.

"I don't want to give too much away on game-plans etc, but if need be we've got half a dozen game-plans. I believe the one we've come up with primarily will work.


"I quite like gauging and I like the chess-like side of boxing and I like sussing my opponents out on fight night.

"But we've come up with a superb plan and I truly believe it's going to work."

"I don't want to give too much away on game-plans etc, but if need be we've got half a dozen game-plans. I believe the one we've come up with primarily will work."
Darren Barker

The only loss in Barker's 26-fight professional career came against the impressive Argentinean Sergio Martinez via an 11th-round knock-out in 2011.

Subsequent wins over Kerry Hope and Simone Rotolo have seen him return to the road towards a world title and he says he is now ready to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

He added: "The experience gained of fighting at the top level against the best guy in the division is invaluable. You can't buy it and that puts me in such good stead for this fight.

"Huger, determination, will to win, being competitive and chasing your dreams... if your dream is a world title then there's no days off and there's plenty of blood, sweat and tears.

"I believe I've done my fair share of that and I believe boxing owes me this world title now."

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