Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

BRENTWOOD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Darren Barker of Barnet (L) lands a punch on Danny Butler of Bristol in their British and Commonwealth Middleweight bout at the Brentwood Centre on November 28, 2009 in Brentwood, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
British middleweight Darren Barker won the IBF championship Saturday night with a split decision over defending champ Daniel Geale of Australia. Barker (26-1) received winning scores of 116-111 from judge Barbara Perez and 114-113 from Carlos Ortiz. Judge Alan Rubenstein scored it 114-113 for Geale (29-1). Barker leaped in jubilation when the scores were read at Revel Casino-Hotel then collapsed to the canvas while his handlers celebrated in the ring. He won the belt almost two years after an 11th-round TKO loss to WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Barker prevailed in a grueling fight that had fans at Revel's Ovation Hall on their feet throughout. ''I take my hat off to him,'' Barker said. ''He's a very tough man and he came in with the belt.'' Geale nearly won the fight in the sixth round. With about a minute left in the round, he landed a powerful left hook to Barker's liver that forced Barker to drop to all fours in obvious pain. Bark...
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