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On This Day: Darren Barker realised his dream

On August 17, 2013 Darren Barker won the world title in memory of his brother Gary. Here is Bob Mee's ringside report
Darren Barker
Darren Barker  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

DARREN BARKER laid aside long years of frustration and heartbreak to produce the performance of his life and edge out Australia’s defending IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in a pulsating title fight at the Ovation Hall in the Revel, the newest and plushest of the Boardwalk hotels.

Geale felt he had done enough to cling on to his belt but he had not: this was the kind of night where nothing was going to deny Barker – not even a shudderingly dramatic sixth round knockdown when a left hook to the stomach knocked the wind out of him could crush his single-minded determination to earn himself a world crown.

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