Olympian Wayne Devlin says Daniel Geale should retire

Olympian Wayne Devlin says Daniel Geale should retire. Picture: Scott Gelston
Olympian Wayne Devlin says Daniel Geale should retire. Picture: Scott Gelston

TWO-TIME Olympic boxer Wayne Devlin says his fellow Launcestonian Daniel Geale should hang up the gloves as he has nothing left to prove.

Geale, 36, has been contemplating his future in the sport since his second round super-middleweight IBO title loss to Renold Quinlan in Launceston last October – the fourth defeat of former Brooks High School student last six bouts.

And Devlin, 72, who competed at the Montreal Games in 1976 and in Munich four years later, believes the time is right for Geale to retire.

“I’d say he’s finished,” Devlin told The Examiner.

“There comes a time when you should get out and it’s probably the time.

“There is nothing really in front of him anymore… he has achieved the heights and to keep going he is going nowhere.”

Geale, a former IBO, IBF and WBA world titleholder, said in a social media post on March 5 that the past few months had been difficult to get back involved in the sport.

“It's been tough to get the motivation to throw punches since the fight and I've been mostly running and doing weights as my training but today I done a decent punching session and it felt good still,” he posted.

“I definitely needed a little rest as the last few years have been crazy, I've fought some of the best fighters in the world and there has been plenty of ups and downs which is the sport I'm in and love. 

“But I'll keep training and we'll see what happens next!”

The Sydney-based father-of-four boasts a 31-5 professional career win-loss record.