UNIFICATION is the buzzword as Tasmania's IBF world champion Daniel Geale ponders his future.
Having corrected the only blemish on his professional record by comfortably defeating Anthony Mundine in Wednesday night's showdown in Sydney, the Launceston middleweight is keen to add some weight to his belt drawer.
Geale was controversially stripped of his hard-earned WBA world title last November for choosing to fight Mundine instead of taking a mandatory defence against Gennady Golovkin, and said that the Kazakhstan champion was among his many options.
``We've got some big opportunities,'' the 31-year-old said yesterday.
``My promoter Gary Shaw has got all the contacts and is working very hard on it, getting me on an American card against one of the other top fighters and we're very excited by that. We have a few other options on the board.
``I'm going to have a week or so rest, get back in the gym and work out together my mandatory defence or take another fight against another world champion for a unification. That's what we're keen on.''
Boxing website thaboxingvoice.com reported that the middleweight division ``is stacked and as a belt holder Geale has options''.
It added: ``Geale made comments last year about his desire to fight on US soil and with Golovkin's win over Gabriel Rosado, he's become a more popular figure in the US.''
Geale visited the US late last year to watch Sergio Martinez's unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez jnr but said it looked unlikely that avenue was going to happen in the near future.
``Golovkin is definitely a fight that I want. I've been talking to my promoter Gary Shaw and everything looks good, but for me it's one fight at a time.
``I want to keep busy, I want to fight the best fighters and make the best fights. Because the division is so strong you know that wherever I go in my next fight it's going to be a big one.''
Geale said he wasn't surprised by either Mundine's strength or tactics, which included leading with the elbows and head, and questioning the decisive unanimous points decision.
``I knew it was going to be tough and I was going to have to dig deep but knew I'd come out on top with my pressure and work rate.
``He's definitely a guy with a lot of experience, you know what he's going to throw at you and he tried all his tactics.
``Throughout the whole preparation and even afterwards, he still continued to say things that caused controversy. He does not care what anybody else thinks about it.''