Geale picked up the title in September when he won a split decision over Felix Sturm in Germany. The WBA declared that the winner of the bout must face the winner of Golovkin Vs Proksa, that took place the same night, byDecember 31st. However, Geale has opted not to fight Golovkin and instead face fellow Aussie Anthony Mundine in January of next year.
"We commend the WBA for clearing up this long overdue situation and recognising Gennady as their only champion in the middleweight division," said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. "Gennady is proud to be the WBA and IBO champion and looks forward to returning to the ring soon."
"We don't blame Geale and his team for taking a safer fight. However, they knew the obligations they would have prior to the Sturm fight. Geale is still IBF champion and if he continues to win, this might be a great unification fight in the future."
By Jack Price @PriceyJ97.