Archie Sharp [16(8)-0] is looking forward to a battle of wits against stylist Declan Geraghty [19(4)-4(3)], but wonders if he will get it considering ‘Pretty Boy’ comes to the ring with something to prove.
‘The Sharpshooter’ has caught the eye with some solid progressive wins of late and is being billed as one to watch out for by promoter Frank Warren.
A WBO European ranking title win over Lyon Woodstock in October of last year was backed up by a successful defense against a game Jordan McCorry last time out in July.
He makes the second defense of his title against EU silver medal winner and stylish southpaw Geraghty live on TV and at at the Royal Albert Hall on September 27.
Having taken care of two aggressive styles the 24-year-old is now hoping for exposure to the more refined side of the game, believing it can only benefit him as he looks to push on to world level.
“If he sticks to his boxing it will be interesting because my last couple of fights have been against come-forward fighters,” Sharp said.
“I like testing myself so it will be good to go in with a nice rangy southpaw. Why not?
“I am building now and every fight is benefiting me and moving me on towards those big fights. They have all been good fights – Woodstock, McCorry and now Geraghty is a good fight. They have all been hungry to win titles and if I keep beating these live opponents it will only serve to ready me for world level.”
Exposure to a different style excites the prospect, but he believes it quite possible that the Dubliner may come with a less tactical approach.
Having seen a number of breakthrough fights end in defeat the pressure is on the 29-year-old talent to succeed – and as a result Sharp wonders if he will come to have a war.
“He is always in exciting fights and always seems to bring a high level of skill to the ring.
“He is skilful but has ended up in a number of wars, which has probably been his downfall. He is a good, technical boxer and, because he has been chinned a couple of times, he might want to prove something now.”