LONDON — Britain’s Darren Barker says he will be driven by more than personal ambition in Saturday’s world middleweight title fight against Australia’s Daniel Geale in Atlantic City, USA.
Darren Barker of England trains for his middleweight bout against Daniel Geale of Australia on August 12, 2013 (Getty Images/AFP, Elsa)
The former European champion, who will not have trainer Tony Sims in his corner due to a visa problem, insists he is in prime condition thanks to yoga, meditation and training in a swimming pool at Stamford Bridge, the home of English football giants Chelsea.
Barker, who was stopped by Argentine Sergio Martinez in the 11th round two years ago in a previous bid for the WBC belt, has had two four-round bouts since recovering from his bicep injury and feels he is in the best shape of his career.
"I thought about quitting last year, it’s true," he told AFP. "I had made a decision after I had to pull out of the fight on September 8 last year. I just thought I had had enough.
"But when the injury healed, I reminded myself it wasn’t a sensible decision. I’ve managed to get a bit of momentum with two fights behind me since December and the hunger is still there. My body needed the rest and it’s healed up nice."
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