Two years after his last fight, Daniel Geale is leaving the ropes wide open enough to step back into the ring.
The Launceston boxer has quashed speculation that he has retired during an inactive period since a second-round knockout loss to Sydneysider Renold Quinlan on October 14, 2016 at the Silverdome.
Geale does not have offers for another payday anytime soon, but the former world champion is refusing to hang up the gloves up just yet.
“Everybody has asked me, but I got no plans for fighting,” Geale told The Examiner.
“I haven’t officially retired or anything, either.”
Just as Geale’s one-time antagonist Anthony Mundine, now aged 43, this week announced his farewell fight against Jeff Horn – the man who beat Manny Pacquiao – the 36-year-old from Rocherlea is considering his future.
But the super middleweight would be wary that he has lost four of his last six bouts dating back to 2013, which spoiled a record that stood at just one defeat in 26.
Never has Geale waited longer than 16 months to don the gloves again – between his penultimate and final fights – but he is keeping an open mind to a comeback.
“To be honest, I’m not really waiting for it,” Geale said.
“I more want to see whether obviously that desire is there, which I think that is an important part of it.
“I want to make sure that I want to still do it, 100 per cent, before I’ll retire. My family are also another thing – my kids are getting bigger and there’s a lot more things happening these days.”
Geale has not turned his back on the sport either that has delivered two world middleweight belts amid a decorated 31-5-0 record.
The protege of Youngtown trainer Graeme George is now active coaching others.
“I’m still training, but I’m not training hard,” Geale said.
“I’m more keeping fit enough just in case.
“But I’m doing a lot more coaching as well these days – I have quite a fair few clients.
“And I have got this one light-heavyweight that I’m trying to get some fights for.
“That keeps me active and that little bit more fit. I love to pass off what I’m doing and sometimes I jump in with them to keep them honest.”
That passion to mentor up-and-coming boxers has been around for nearly 15 years, well before Geale reached the prime of his career.
The 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist that has stood toe-to-toe with greats Gennady Golovkin and Miguel Cotto could be lured to bring the family from Sydney back to Launceston to open up a boxing academy or tutor in some fight gyms.
“I haven’t really had a lot of offers in Launceston or even in Tassie,” Geale said.
“It’s something that I would consider, definitely.
“A little while back I had real thoughts about bring the family back to Tassie too.
“We’re missing all the family down here and my kids would love to be around their cousins and grandparents and all of that.
“That is definitely something I have given a lot of thought to. You never know what the future holds.”
Geale was in Launceston on Friday night to speak at A Night with the Stars to raise funds for scholarships in the northern suburbs in sport, education and the arts.
“I like being involved because I think it’s a great cause and a fundraiser,” he said.
“Some of the areas that these guys are helping, I grew up in those areas too.
“So it’s great to be able to pitch in, help them out and see the next generation come through too.”