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No Barker did not wake up a world champion, he woke up a titlest. ” Here we go again. Peej still trying to change the rules of boxing. Barker is the IBF World Middleweight CHAMPION. That’s how the boxing world recognizes him, that’s how the IBF recognizes him and that’s what he is. Nothing on his belt or in the IBF rules identifies him as merely a “titlest.” Barker is a world champion. Period.

The IBF World Champion belt has two rings on it. The one on the left says “World Champion.” The one on the right says “International Boxing Federation.” Nowhere on the belt does it say “titlest.”

Of course, any champion is also a titlest because he does possess a title. But to try to minimize a boxer’s championship status is ridiculous. That’s like saying, “he’s not a winner, he was just the leader when they crossed the finish line.”

Posted August 19, 2013 2:26 pm 


What a fight. I had Barker winning a VERY close decision, I think his punches were cleaner and looked to have a bigger impact, the ONLY round I felt he CLEARLY lost was the one in which he was floored, the rest were close, but I felt Barker did enough.

Posted August 19, 2013 1:57 pm 


This was a good fight

Posted August 19, 2013 11:33 am 


I put money on Geale and was patting myself on the back when he decked Barker. Couldn’t believe it when he got up. At first I was cursing him but later, on reflection, had to admire his determination. Well done Darren.

Posted August 19, 2013 10:44 am 

Joseph Herron


if both fighters land the same amount of clean punches, then the round goes to the more consequential punch.

whenever emphasis is placed on clean effective, and consequential punching, judging a fight isn’t that difficult.

But I’ve been to fight cards and have spoken with judges who make the process a lot more difficult by factoring in ridiculous variables.

A judge who will remain nameless once scored a fight for a guy who got beaten from pillar to post, but rewarded the beaten fighter with the victory because he said the style of his opponent seemed amateurish to him.


Posted August 19, 2013 3:20 am 


Hamster… If you knock somebody out you win.. No matter how beat up you are, or how far behind you are.. If you KO a master boxer you still win.

If you have no chin it doesn’t help you… If a light punch staggers you, you obviously need to find another line of work… You’re not going to survive as a boxer.

Posted August 19, 2013 1:17 am 

The Brits

Stop going on about the 12th round, what about the other rounds that Barker did not get from the judges, Barker won the fight fair and square, except it instead of wining, carrying on like it was a robbery or something.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:23 pm 


Quillin & Golovkin will destroy Baker. He gets hit way too much and would be stopped by either of these porwer punchers. Baker is well rounded and tough,but his chin will not hold up against these two guys. Also, the fight was close, but it’s tragic to not see all 3 judges not give Geale the 12th round. They should be banned our investigated. A blind man could see the round easily belonged to Geale. You can never, ever, ever trust judges. They need to be closely watched during fights for inappropriate behaviors and need to go through specialized training. All judges should be looking and scoring by the same criteria. I don’t care who wins, just get it right.

Posted August 18, 2013 7:27 pm 


So you are saying in gonna do something to a beagle and your name is turbo hamster. Hmmmm k. And you are welcome. I always like to voice my opinion because I know there are a lot of people out in this world like you who want to hear them

Posted August 18, 2013 7:26 pm 


That’s great PEEJ, thanks for taking the time to come on here and letting us know how little you think of this guy who has just fulfilled a promise to his dead brother to win a title, in a fight where he looked ready to be stopped before halfway.

Maybe now you can tell us how useless Kiko Martinez is too.

Then you can go and penetrate a dead beagle called “Clive the Beagle”.

Posted August 18, 2013 7:13 pm 

Mick the Marmalizer

It was close although it appears barker was victorious. A return in London is surely the best financial option for both Boxers!…..

Posted August 18, 2013 6:31 pm 

Limey jay

I,m sure that barker does aspire to be the number one in his weight like you demand, the reality is that sometimes your personal skills and desire just meet someone who is that bit better than you…..that’s life peej, no shame in giving your best and coming up short…there’s far more shame to be had by not trying at all.
I,d like to see barker in with Martinez again, I know it won’t happen, but I think barker would have a bit more belief in himself now….I can see you ain’t a fan of barker, I get it….but for me it ain’t about barker, for me it’s about a guy that has had a career and life that has been plagued by tragedy and injuries, setback after setback where many would have walked away fome sport and got a regular job to support his family….but he didn,t , he got back in the ring and earned his shot,and took it with a gutsy showing last night….you don’t have to be a fan of barker to appreciate that….or a fan of boxing….just a fan of the human spirit.

Posted August 18, 2013 4:19 pm 


I never said he didn’t want to unify. I was responding to someone elses post. He may want to and if so that is fine. But the fact at 160 is that unifying the belts really means nothing unless you are just trying to get a rematch with Martinez or whomever becomes the Middleweight champ. Right now Martinez is the champ and all the other belts don’t really mean much.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:50 pm 


That is fine. I am not big on Barker. Congrats for him winning a title. If that was his main goal well I guess he has accomplished that and can now ride off into the sunset. Me personally I like the fighters that aspire to be the champs, the best in the game, wanting to go down in the HOF. Those are the guys that I like. Him winning the title does nothing for me. Really I have no feelings towards it what so ever. I enjoyed watching the fights so I thank him for that. But I am not a fan of Barker. I don’t hate the kid but nor am I a fan of his.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:01 pm 


Geale is scrappy little fighter — when he gets in close he works the angles very well and he throws some sneaky, hurtful, punches. On the flip side, he doesn’t control the distance, bounces around too much, throws his punches too wide, and eats jabs. He’s lucky he lost to Barker, because his weaknesses would have played perfectly into GGG’s strengths. As for Barker, what can you say, the man has H-E-A-R-T! He has good skills too and he hits pretty hard, but I don’t think he’s physically strong enough, or skilled enough, to beat GGG.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:51 pm 

Limey jay

So what if he can’t beat the guys you mentioned peej, that does not detract at all from the fact that he won a world title last night, you can be the awkward pedantic hair splitting person that wants to call him a titleist, while the rest of the world calls him a champion…..we know that technically you are probably right…..but we choose to give the fella the respect he deserves, after the sacrifices he has put in since he was a child with a dream, last night he fulfilled his dream……but for you and people like you that’s not enough, I can’t understand that mentality, I don’t know where it comes from, you make it sound personal as if you have been wounded by him being victorious…..barker has never stated that he is the best fighter in his weight, nor anyone else for that matter….most people with eyes and a brain know that GGG is gonn be the man to beat from here on out, taking over from Martinez.
All barker wanted to do is the same thing that I, and everyone else who has ever laced on a pair of gloves has wanted to do, and that is win a world title….he has done that now, and there is nothing you or anyone else can do to change that……so be nice and play the game peej.
No need to point out the obvious ,we are all fans and know who the top dogs are.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:42 pm 


Nobody is tearing him down. But I also don’t think he can beat Murray, GGG,Quillen, Martinez or Chavez though I am not sure Chavez will be fighting at 160 anymore.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:48 pm 


Barker is a great worldclass top 3 middleweight in the world and he showed great skills and heart last night.

It must be pretty easy for some of you to tear him down while sitting alone in a room staring at a screen.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:28 pm 

ray gordon reid

i had ROMERO

Posted August 18, 2013 12:29 pm 


HHHLondon. I completely agree with you. Murray got robbed.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:25 pm 


Go ahead and repeat to yourself what you just told me. There are 4 world title belts. Means he is a titlest. There can only be one champ at that is Martinez. Sorry.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:19 pm 


Peej, Martinez is lucky to have the belt at all. There’s not a man on the planet who doesn’t think he got lucky with Murry.

Out and Out ROBBERY.

Posted August 18, 2013 11:05 am 


No Barker did not wake up a world champion, he woke up a titlest. I am not bitter at all, I was responding to someone else. Yes he accomplished something that a lot of boxers will never accomplish. But the fact is Martinez is the champion and if you can’t win the championship belt then you are not considered the best in your division nor are you a champ. Just because the belt says champ on it doesn’t make you a champ. There can only be 1 champion per division. And at the moment Martinez is the champ.

Posted August 18, 2013 10:50 am 

Limey jay

7 billion people on our planet….I,d say second best,third best, right down to thousandth best is a pretty good achievement myself……but it doesn,t matter really peej….today barker woke up a world champion.
You seem to have woken up bitter lol.

Posted August 18, 2013 10:02 am 


Lol i was trying to figure out why the ref was on barkers case too. Darren looked like a school boy being told-off for something he didnt do.

Posted August 18, 2013 9:04 am 


Does anybody know if the Referee ever realized that he warned the wrong guy about the low blow? The look on Barker’s face while he was being warned was like, WTF dude? I felt bad for him, but it was damn funny!

Posted August 18, 2013 8:46 am 

Limey jay

In a fight that was so close , and rounds so tight that the scoring becomes so difficult you gotta go with who you think deserves the win more tan the other…..for me at was barker.
When he was dropped and hurt, he got back up , and you could see that he was there for the taking, but something within him said NO not tonight, i,m not ready to quit right now.
We saw him bite down on his gum shield and fight hard,he threw leather back at geale, from that moment on he wanted it more than geale.
The general consensus was that geale was gonna finish the stronger fighter in the last quarter of the fight, well that wasn,t the case barker matched him and seemed like he wanted it more than geale……for me that’s how I decided who deserved the win, I have no problem with people who chose geale, it was a really close fight and both guys were spent at the final bell.
Barker is now world champ and I am pleased for him.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:36 am 

boxing barlow

Yeah I definitely felt Geale would come on strong first minute of a round and Barker would tuck up then Geale would gas out and Barker just pot shotted him with less powerful but scoring shots. For all those shouting that Geale was the better man I don’t deny it but on the night he fought the wrong fight and Barker nicked it.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:15 am 


@junior : Yeah, I haven’t actually seen the fight yet so don’t have an opinion of my own. Just thought the scores were interesting based on what a majority of people I saw were saying about the fight.

Posted August 18, 2013 8:09 am 


See thats the thing ujelly, i thought Barker won 2 minutes of the last round, but the 1 minute geale won was more eye catching because he hurt darren. This kinda ties in with what barlows saying

Posted August 18, 2013 7:11 am 


They posted the score cards on fightnews. Two judges, including the one who scored it 114-113 for Barker, scored the final round for Barker (meaning, if he’d scored it for Geale as most believed that round should have been scored, Geale would’ve walked away with a SD win).

Posted August 18, 2013 6:57 am 

boxing barlow

The reality is still that if a fighter edges 7 very close rounds but gets outclassed and smashed up in the other 5 he still wins the fight! I sat scoring it and had it to Barker by a point.

Posted August 18, 2013 6:57 am 

boxing barlow

A good example of how bad Geale was gassing out was in the round where he had Barker down. Barker beat the count by a whisker and was absolutely out on his feet, Heals threw everything at him and was on the verge of a ko, but rather than Barker actually surviving by figure his way out of it Geale right at the end of the round stopped throwing punches and allowed Barker to attack him back! I have to say although this was a great fight putting it into perspective on a world level GGG and Martinez are streets ahead of these two. I’d expect Murray to beat them both on tonights performance. Quillan would make easy work of them. And I’d even put my money on Macklin. Geales style was very much like Macklins but Macklin wouldn’t have gassed out like Geale did.

Posted August 18, 2013 6:53 am 


Daniel Geale won the fight. He landed the most effective and damaging punches and he was a second away from scoring a KO. Barker showed heart and won some rounds but he was badly hurt a couple of tmes and he didn’t t do enough to take the belt. The problem is the judging system is flawed, I don’t see too many judges scoring even rounds and that’s what happened here they scored even rounds for Barker. Full credit to Geale, he knew he won but he wouldn’t singe about it.

Posted August 18, 2013 6:48 am 

boxing barlow

Michael Collins I don’t think anyone on here values your opinion. I had it to Barker by a point. Although I willsay the rounds that Geale won he won strongly rather than Barker who was just nicking them. I felt Geale gassed out at certain points in the fight and took a breather in rounds which just gifted them to Barker who won them by just being more active. If I was Geale I’d be pushing for a rematch big time and feel he’s is the one who can make adjustments and win a return.

Posted August 18, 2013 6:47 am 


I watched it again too junior and I had Geale by 2 rounds (or 3 points with the knockdown). Agree to disagree I suppose.

Posted August 18, 2013 6:29 am 


well done kiko, all in all a good night for the Europeans hahahahaha

Posted August 18, 2013 5:48 am 


Just watched it again. Gave it to barker by 3 rounds. 2 points taking into account the knockdown

Posted August 18, 2013 5:25 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Give it 2 years & Billy Joe Saunders enters the World middleweight title picture.
Off subject what’s the situation with the so called WBA interim “champion?” @ 122Lb Scott Quigg. I know he’s been offered a fight with the real #1 Rigo, but wisely turned it down, as he did a British, European & Commonwealth tidy up with Carl Frampton. What’s the betting he fancy’s a crack at Kiko Martinez??……..

Posted August 18, 2013 4:52 am 

Mr Gav

Well at least one British fighter had a good night tonight. Well it only took 7 attempts for a British fighter to a win a middle wight tittle in recent years Macklin 3 martin 2 and barker on 2 though some were debatable. I think Murray would edge barker however GGG should be avoided at all costs if we wanna keep the titlte in Britain lol

Posted August 18, 2013 4:03 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Barker showed real guts & should ca$h in handsomely now with a fight in the UK with Martin Murray. A unification with WBA champ Golovkin could also prove fruitful if risky. As for Martinez it was a fantastic win, but he’d better make the most of it as Gary Hyde has indicated that the World’s #1 @ 122Lb Rigo wants him next. Carl Frampton shall also be throwing his hat into the ring & who could blame him after already besting Kiko in Belfast.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:31 am 

Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. The Lion King of Beat Street)

114-113 for Barker. Judge Carlos Ortiz had the EXACT same score and was right on the money. It was an extremely close and competitive fight and there were a a couple of rounds that could’ve gone either way.

But I doubt that Barker would’ve taken Geale’s Title/Strap if the fight would’ve been held in Australia (e.g., Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth). It used to be that you really had to beat a Champion decisively in order to take his title, but it looks like that part of boxing tradition may be changing.

Overall, it was a pretty damn good fight, but neither guy has a whole lot of power. Either fighter would get absolutely destroyed by 3G. And now it looks like that may very well be Barker’s destiny. Real talk.

Posted August 18, 2013 3:17 am 

Joseph Herron

But then you enter styles into the equation which really make judging a mess. it all comes down to the personal tastes and preferences of the judge.

Like Big George Foreman once said, “If there is no knock-out, it becomes a beauty contest with two contestants.”

Posted August 18, 2013 3:10 am 


Geale had Barker out in the 12th round, but did not appear to know it…..

I thought Kiko Martinez would have no chance Vs. Romero, but Kiko was awesome!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 3:02 am 


It’s not simple… but it’s not rocket science.

Every judge is taught the same criteria… Clean effective punching trumps everything else.. If both boxers land the same number of clean effective punches that carried the same aggregate impact — the more aggressive boxer wins the round.. If they both showed equal aggression the better defender wins the round.. If they both threw and landed the same number of punches that did the same aggregate damage and both showed very similar aggression, the better ring general wins the round … If that’s approximately equal as well, it’s a 10-10 round.

Obviously you need to pay attention in a close fight… If you’re in Zu Zu Land you may contribute to a bad decision… We would do better if we used 5 or 7 judges..

How many do they use in diving, gymnastics, or skating??? About 10, and there’s a reason they use that many… They’re better qualified and trained as well, and generally come up with good decisions.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:59 am 

Joseph Herron

lol…that’s definitely not TARK…lol

It’s funny though

Posted August 18, 2013 2:56 am 


Geale had Barker out in the 12th round, but did not go after him. I don’t think he knew how badly Barker was hurt. I would love to see a rematch………..

Posted August 18, 2013 2:45 am 


You’re right, thanks for setting me straight. Sometimes I get out of hand, especially when I just get in from my local club slurping down several fruity drinks and a few loads of man-aise.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:41 am 

Joseph Herron

It’s not that simple Tark.

I wish every judge followed the same criteria…then maybe the fight game would be a lot less controversial.

But I agree with you…the most important factor is clean, effective punching.

It’s the reason why Adrian Broner got the decision over Paulie Malignaggi.

But there are several cases where one fighter is landed the obvious harder punches that do the most damage but just isn’t doing enough to carry the round…or is it?

It’s a very subjective art that can’t be summed up with just one factor. But the judges are infamous for making it a much more daunting task than it is.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:30 am 

Ray Ray

I don’t think barker did enough 2 take the belt off Geale.. However my hat go’s off 2 him. He three alot of shots that missed got dropped and cut, Barker also got away with lots of holding..owe well that’s boxing. Hats off 2 both guys 4 the most part being great toe 2 toe action…Def rematch…I’l stick with Geale 2 win the rematch without the judges input

Posted August 18, 2013 2:19 am 


The judges dont seem to agree with you on this one Tark. Morning Gonzo, i too am off to bed now. 7;20am and am out

Posted August 18, 2013 2:19 am 


Junior… It’s not the guy with the biggest swings and most activity… It’s not even the guy who lands the most.. Trout landed more punches than Canelo but Canelo did more damage.

The guy who wins is the guy who does the most damage. He’s landing better, harder, and more solidly. Obviously if their landed punches carried the same effectiveness Baker wins.. That didn’t happen.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:11 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

Thank you Brother. I’m the best poster on here by a country mile. I’m the only Tier One poster too. All the Tier Two posters will tell you the same too, all of whom I hold in the utmost of respect.

150,000 ESB ranking points for Brother Nathan.

Night all.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:06 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

No actually it was 8:00am in the morning and I was lying in bed just about to hit the hay and then I checked in here via the internet on my phone and read one of his grotesquely idiotic posts and felt immediately compelled to put him in his place even though I was bleary-eyed and half asleep. It was dark in my room and the light on my phone attracted an annoying little fly and being the benevolent nice guy that I am, instead of killing it I decided to take it outside and set it free, only problem is I tripped o my sheet and the phone went hurtling out of my hand and landed on the floor with a loud thud, thus cracking the screen.

Posted August 18, 2013 2:03 am 


@Gonzo…. your vast bag of adjectives is not only impressive but splashed with just the right amount of wit… Hope I never have to play a life on the line game of scrabble against you:-)

Posted August 18, 2013 2:02 am 

Fum Bucker

Gonzo, the only reason you cracked the screen was gripping it too tight in the throes of your homo orgasm over PEEJ you damned Chutney ferret.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:53 am 


I wanted Barker to win, but I had Geale winning 114-113.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:49 am 


Gonzo, nobody will ever question Barker’s heart & determination in this fight but to me that was not enough to topple the champ…Geale, as a champion, beat the challenger fair & square…Barker was the sentimental favorite, that’s all…

Posted August 18, 2013 1:45 am 


I had Barker winning by 2 rounds. Its easy to scream robbery when the rounds are close. Ive seen people on here saying Sturm beat Geale, then Geale fans get irate saying he won by atleast 4 rounds. Personally i thought Geale/sturm was very close with Geale just taking it by a round. Geales fights always look close and hard to score.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:42 am 


Well, I really thought Cleverly would do better than that. Forget about his boxing skills–or lack of them–the guy has no brains! Great stoppage by Kovalev.

Good fight between Barker and Geale. That Geale is a fireball. Very close fight but I’m not so sure I would have given the win to Barker.

Martinez. Wow! What a firecracker!

Posted August 18, 2013 1:40 am 


i mean to say geale wins by more than 3 point definatly

Posted August 18, 2013 1:39 am 


I had Geale winning 114-113 based on landed fewer but more effective punches and doing a slightly better job of boxing. I’m surprised he didn’t finish Baker when he had a terrific chance to score a stoppage. He almost had the fight on a platter at that point.

Neither fighter can box or move well… Neither could come close to beating Golovkin—or has a good chance to beat Quillin or Martinez. Cleverly is a better fighter than either one—and he was outclassed by a million miles by Kovalev earlier today.

Having 4 World Champions at each weight cheapens World Championships. The very best boxers today are better than ever—but some world champions suck. They would be taken out by good fighters of any era.

It was an exciting action fight and a lot of heart and passion was on display, but it wasn’t a world championship caliber fight. Now Baker can tell his grand kids he was a world champion professional boxer. That’s why he was so overjoyed that he could hardly believe his ears. It’s a distinction Charley Burley never achieved.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:38 am 


i Watched the replay again and any way i look at it i can see geale winning bear minimum 3 point and thats being over generous to the brit. very poor judging. either way the future king of the middle weight ggg destroys these guys

Posted August 18, 2013 1:37 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

I’m not even joking about that either.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:36 am 

Gonzo the Dragonborn

That w@nker made me crack the screen on my £275 android phone the other day too.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:35 am 


but Geale beat him, in my book.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:27 am 


Most everybody was pushing for Barker…so he’s got it.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:25 am 


I thought Geale won but Barker was the sentimental favorite…

Posted August 18, 2013 1:23 am 


gonzo, that’s unpleasant to read, i like PEEJ & i think he’s ok.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:19 am 

Tomato Can

Hey it was good to see Barker pull it out. I thought he won, but he sure makes winning fights hard. He’s very susceptible to taking a beating, but his huge heart pulled this fight out for him tonight, IMO. Grats to Barker!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 1:18 am 


I agree with What!?!. I thought Barker’s aggression wasn’t always effective as one rule of judging says it should be. Not sour grapes but I do want to watch it again, in the event I did get it wrong.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:07 am 


Geale should fight the US boxers, as a tune up before fighting Martinez, Martinez would beat any US fighter, they are a level below as he has shown before, he has had problems with the other European fighters.

Posted August 18, 2013 1:00 am 

Joseph Herron

I think HBO would sign off on any fight between Geale and a top 15 fighter at 160 pounds. Geale’s such a fun fighter to watch and he’s willing to step in the ring with anyone.

There were no losers in tonight’s main event.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:56 am 

Big Al

I disagree, but time will tell. Let’s see what he does next. In any case, I think Geale should challenge Martinez. That should be winnable, and HBO would sign off on it.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:54 am 

Joseph Herron

That’s right, What?!

I was the author and I conducted the interview on my radio show, “The Pugilist KOrner”…it’s still on the second or third page of ESB.

You could tell Daniel was really disappointed after the bout, but he can’t complain because it was a very competitive and close fight that really could have gone either way.

Great fight.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:50 am 

Breaking News

You can’t be bothered to follow Boxing on the World stage, what the networks say is what goes.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:45 am 

Breaking News

Triple G and Kovalev are not American, just because they fight over there, if they were fighting in Europe you would say they were no good, typical.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:42 am 


Wow..What a robbery..I had it Geale 116-111 and Im a Englishman. Just embarrassing that people could see Barker winning..

Posted August 18, 2013 12:41 am 


Good fight. I thought Geale won by a hair but these guys are not a threat to GGG or Martinez because they have no power; 3G seems to be the future of the 160 pounds kingdom (Pirog has pretty much disappeared). This should be GGG’s time to shine because these two guys have no chance against him & Martinez is in his way out. PS, if Pirog shows up, then GGG is in for a true test…if Pirog shows up, I like him to beat not only 3G but anybody else at MW, anybody…but that’s just me & at this time that’s just wishful thinking.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:35 am 


Never seen Geale out worked, great heart shown by Barker to climb off the mat after that bodyshot. Gutted for Geale though , both he and Barker are a couple of true nice guys in the sport

Posted August 18, 2013 12:26 am 


robbery!!!!!!looked like geale out boxed barker easily but made the mistake of hinting hes not going to fight golovkin. so barker will get sent in as cannon fodder for golovkin. boxing is a money game and geale has an amature mentality a promoters nightmare

Posted August 18, 2013 12:21 am 

British Boxing

There’s only one Darren Barker, he took the title like Calzaghe did against Hopkins, Hopkins cheated as well and still lost, go on the Brits, yes, ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted August 18, 2013 12:21 am 


On the button….. Not world class? they wouldn’t be fighting the IBF belt if not world class, not leading the class yes but saying not world class is just a shot taken by a keyboard hero

Posted August 18, 2013 12:19 am 

British Boxing

Well done to Darren Barker, the new World champ.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:17 am 

Hey, That’s my Bike!!!

Damn it!! I was sure Geale had the measure of Barker, have to go and watch it myself now as there a split opinions on this one. Well Done Barker.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:15 am 


Big Al – That is BS because in an Eastside article only yesterday Geale was quoted saying, he was after GGG next so don’t spread your lies on here.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:13 am 

Joseph Herron

Great fights tonight!!

Congrats to Kiko Martinez and Darren Barker!!

Didn’t care for how barker ended the bout, but showed a lot of mental and physical toughness.

Great night of boxing!!

Posted August 18, 2013 12:12 am 

Big Al

Geale was making comments before the fight that he didn’t see a fight with either GGG or Martinez in the future, but milking fights with Sturm and other lesser opponents, so no, I didn’t want to see a Geale reign continue. Plus Barker just reminds me of a hard working underdog that you just have to root for.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:09 am 


Your dead right Carl it’s all politics mate

Posted August 18, 2013 12:05 am 

Ray Ray

I had Geale 2 win…congrates 2 barker. Def rematch

Posted August 18, 2013 12:04 am 


Looks like I was wrong, good close fight congrats to Barker

Posted August 18, 2013 12:04 am 

Michael Collins

I am gutted.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:03 am 


Martinez is on the slide, I think both fighters would now beat him ()even though Barker has already lost to him). I think GGG could probably beat both of these one after another on the same night though…………

Posted August 18, 2013 12:01 am 

Ashes to Ashes

Barker won, always making the fight, I thought he was spent with the bodyshot, but no, he kept fighting, too good for Geale tonight.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:00 am 

The Prince

Congrats to Barker. He kept it close and pulled off the decision. Perhaps those earlier pressure fighters swayed the judges in his favor, since they won also.

Posted August 18, 2013 12:00 am 


I’ve got Geal by a split….just

Posted August 18, 2013 12:00 am 

on the button

good for barker both fighter still not world class

Posted August 17, 2013 11:59 pm 


Not sure why he’s crying. He does realize he lost to the champion. Titles at 160 don’t mean much. You gotta beat Martinez to be the man at 160

Posted August 17, 2013 11:58 pm 

The Prince

PEEJ – Agreed. Neither guy would handle the fighters you mentioned.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:58 pm 


Well I was wrong. Don’t agree, I thought you had to take the belt but Barker hit a lot of arms. Still the judges saw it to Barker. Congrats Barker.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:58 pm 


Barker by one round seems about right

Posted August 17, 2013 11:57 pm 


Wasn’t really impressed with either fighter. Quillem takes either one of these guys out, GGG messily handles these 2 though I think he handles everybody at 160. Martinez would beat Geale

Posted August 17, 2013 11:57 pm 

The Prince

IMO Geale won the fight.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:56 pm 


Very even fight and could go either way, I feel Barker is winning this but the close rounds usually go to the champ.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:56 pm 


Dominant Geale round. I have it 116-111 for Geale. I won’t be swayed by the BS commentary. See if the judges like the accuracy of Geale or the loud sounds coming off the Barker punches on gloves and arms.

I think Geale 116-111.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:55 pm 


Very even fight

Posted August 17, 2013 11:52 pm 


Geale 7-4 Barker. Barker hits a lot of gloves and arms. Geale is scoring the points. Interesting to see how the judges see it.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:51 pm 


Geale 6-4 Barker. Barker did some good body work. English commentary is a joke. They are going to be disappointed at the end of this fight.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:47 pm 


Geale 6-3 Barker. Close one, give it to the champ for accuracy. Barker looking alright at times. Geale longer work rate.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:43 pm 


How many times does the ref have to tell Barker to get off his head?

Posted August 17, 2013 11:42 pm 


Geale 5-3 Barker. Geale very accurate punching in that round. They both look a little tired at times.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:39 pm 


Geale 4-3 Barker. Good Barker round. Geale took a break.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:35 pm 


Barkers is getting dirty

Posted August 17, 2013 11:34 pm 

Ashes to Ashes

Barker seems to have recovered from the bodyshot, still making the fight.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:34 pm 


Geale 4-2 Barker. Geale 10-8 round. Dropped Barker with a body punch.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:31 pm 


Thanks What!

Posted August 17, 2013 11:29 pm 


Geale 3-2 Barker. Barker hitting a lot of gloves. Geale much more accurate.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:27 pm 


Geale 2-2 Barker. Geale stepping it up now.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:22 pm 


Geale 1-2 Barker. Barker is getting tired though. The English commentary is ridiculously bias. You wouldn’t think Geale was even in there.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:18 pm 

Ashes to Ashes

Barker 2-1 up,

Posted August 17, 2013 11:18 pm 


Geale 1-1 Barker. Being kind to Barker. Could of gone either way and champ usually bags those ones.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:14 pm 


Geale 1-0 Barker. Geale looks quicker at the moment.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:10 pm 


@chillin – Geale on ringwalk now.

Posted August 17, 2013 11:01 pm 

Ashes to Ashes

I hope Geale is not like the Australian cricket team, he might collapse, Barker by KO.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:59 pm 


How many more UC fights til main bout?

Posted August 17, 2013 10:55 pm 

Carl Frampton

I beat Martinez last fight, TKO 9.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:53 pm 


Didn’t like the stoppage but Romero didn’t seem to mind.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:49 pm 


Go Kiko Martinez. Hunted him down.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:45 pm 

Hey, That’s my Bike!!!

Wow, Martinez by KO. Thought the ref let it go long enough to continue to let it go. Anyway, Brutal performance by Kiko Martinez.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:44 pm 

Hey, That’s my Bike!!!

Good fight going on here. Martinez 3-2 Romero. Romero looking tired already. Can Martinez keep up the pace.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:40 pm 

Hey, That’s my Bike!!!

Not very impressive by Brunker. A big counter puncher would be a nightmare for him. Also needs to work on his distance. He was effectively tying himself up getting in too close.

Posted August 17, 2013 10:11 pm 

Honest bob

Good fight between two solid fighters, I can see geale on a close points decision, from an English men :)

Posted August 17, 2013 9:50 pm 

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