Former titleholder David Geale lost his middleweight belt by split decision in a fight full of emotion in August against Darren Barker. But Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) finds himself back in an even more difficult challenge on Saturday when he faces the most avoided fighter in the division, unbeaten titlist Gennady Golovkin, at New York's Madison Square Garden (HBO, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT).
While Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) will enter the ring as the favorite, Geale will be the biggest challenge of his career. The fighters are similar in age (Golovkin is 32, Geale 33) and physically even. The big difference between them is the power of the champion, who has knocked out 26 of his 29 opponents.
Taking these frightening numbers into account, does Geale have any chance of winning?
Here are five keys Geale should consider before Saturday's fight: