Mundine-Geale rematch fight on the cards

TASMANIAN boxer Daniel Geale will learn today whether he will fight a home-state rematch against Anthony Mundine. Geale's manager Bill Treacy will meet Mundine's manager Khoder Nasser to decide whether "The Man" will face his fighter again. Despite the outcome, Geale's next bout will be held in Tasmania. If Mundine refuses a rematch, US fighter Aaron Mitchell, 39, is tipped as the likely candidate. Mitchell has had 29 professional bouts, with 27 wins - 21 by knockout - one draw and one loss. Geale's camp is also waiting on a decision from the IBO about his appeal, which could result in Mundine being ordered to fight a rematch. Geale appealed after he was stripped of his IBO middleweight world title in controversial fashion at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last month. "We don't believe Mundine will fight us again by choice," Treacy said. "Fighting Daniel in his home town adds another dimension." Treacy said the venue for the fight was yet to be determined. It will either be at Launceston's Silverdome or Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre. "We will come down there with Daniel and get a costing from both venues," Treacy said. "If accommodation in Launceston is ample, we'd rather go to Launceston because that's where Daniel wants to go." Geale's Launceston trainer Graeme George said it would be ludicrous to take the fight to Hobart when the support from Northern Tasmania would be overwhelming. "Daniel has a huge following in Launceston, and down the Coast, but those people might be reluctant to travel to Hobart," he said. Painted as the gentleman of Australian boxing, Geale has always said fighting in his home town was his goal. "Launceston would be the dream location," he said. Sports Minister Michelle O'Byrne said that Events Tasmania would be keen to talk to Geale's camp about staging the fight in Tasmania. "We would be happy to facilitate the event and help with the requirements for each venue," she said.

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