Date: 16th August 2013 at 4:16pm
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This Saturday the popular British boxer, Darren Barker, will be making a second attempt to capture a version of the world middleweight title.

At the Revel Resort, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Barker will be hoping that he can overcome the threat presented by Daniel Geale.

Barker, who has a record of 251, with the only defeat coming when he previously fought for the world title, is hoping that he can get the better of Geale, who arrives with a record of 291.

Geale is an Australian fighting out of America and, as you?d expect, the Americans reckon their (adopted) man is a cert to win.

But Barker is a more than decent fighter and in the build-up to the contest has spoken about a new fitness regime that has seen him steer clear of injuries, courtesy of a new water based fitness regime, during the pre-fight build up, with Barker commenting,

?I have come on leaps and bounds and I?m raring to go.?

?I have had a lot of hip trouble which has been well documented.?

?In the water there is a lot of weight-bearing and you don?t have the impact you do with running. I?ve done a lot of cardio and strength in the pool.?

?I?ve incorporated yoga into my training and breathing awareness has really benefitted me.?


Here at Vital Boxing we?re, as you?d expect from a British based site, throwing our support behind Darren and we reckon, although Geale will throw punches in bunches, Barker will have the attitude and aptitude to beat his opponent and claim the IBF world middleweight belt.

If so, the future for the man from Barnet should contain some lucrative defence, now whilst it may sound as if the Barker camp may be counting their chickens before they?ve hatched, I prefer to call it confidence in their man when Barker?s trainer, Tony Sims, has this to say about forthcoming fights,

?He?d have mandatories to do, but after that, the domestic fights are there. Martin Murray is a great fight, Andy Lee is another good fight, Matthew Macklin has to rebuild a little and there?s also some really good kids coming through like John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders.?

Interestingly, there?s no mention of taking on the big-hitting Gennady Golovkin who recently demolished Macklin with a huge body-shot!

However, we?d like to wish Darren all the best, in the early hours of Sunday morning and we sincerely hope he has what it takes to bring the world title belt back to London.