Middleweight champion Daniel Geale is poised to fight bitter rival Anthony Mundine
Daniel Geale looks set to get his rematch with fellow Aussie Anthony Mundine after reaching an agreement with the IBF.
Last Updated: 17/10/12 11:18am
Geale holds both the IBF and WBA middleweight titles after beating Germany's Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm respectively.
And the 31-year-old has been granted an optional defence by the former sanctioning body which he hopes will be against Mundine - the only man to have beaten him, albeit on a contested points loss in 2009.
The news will be disappointing for St Helens middleweight Martin Murray, who is ranked No 3 by the WBA and was targeting a fight with Geale.
"Now that we got the green light from the IBF I'm going to work hard to get everything completed," said promoter Gary Shaw.
"This might be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history as both consider this a grudge match."
A formal press conference to announce the fight is expected to take place later this week.
Murray, meanwhile, is still searching for an opponent ahead of his return on Ricky Hatton's November 24 comeback bill in Manchester.