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Boxing to return with a intriguing Declan Geraghty Joe Fitzpatrick bout?

Former amateur of notes and skill advocates Declan Geraghty [19(4)-5(4)] and Joe Fitzpatrick [10(7)-1(1)] have agreed to fight on the the July Belfast card muted recently by Jamie Conlan.

The MTK Vice President has revealed plans for a behind closed doors card and mentioned the likes of Paddy Gallagher, Padraig McCrory, Lewis Crocker and Sean Duffy were likely to appear.

There’s been plenty of rumour and debate as to who will populate the away corners as well as call outs with regard to the card, but Irish-boxing.com believe there is one fight as close to being agreed as can be considering the circumstances.

It has to be noted the card has yet to be officially announced and Conlan has warned their are plenty of bridges to be crossed.

Yet still work with regard making fights has begun and Irish-boxing.com believe both Fitzpatrick and Geraghty have agreed to fight each other.

As a result the proposed card will be guaranteed a quality and potentially entertaining clash.

It’s a brave move by both considering they suffered stoppage defeat in their last outings.

Commonwealth Games medal winner, Fitzpatrick was stopped by Gary Cully at the Ulster Hall in one of the most eagerly anticipated Irish title fights in recent years.

While Geraghty didn’t see the final bell for the fourth time in his career as after impressing against Archie Sharp he was caught in the fourth round and counted out.

The Belfast and Dublin fighters recent past makes it an all but must win bout and both deserve credit for forgoing an easy return.

The bout will also be ‘Prettyboys’ first at lightweight. The now Pete Taylor trained fighter has campaigned mostly at super feather, but has his sights set on moving up to light welterweight.

With suggestion Ruari Dalton will also appear in July doing the rounds, as well as Gary Cully expressing a belief he will be out in two months it looks as if MTK are planning two July bills.

The BBBofC will only allow five fights on any card during this pandemic, so either some of these clashes will populate a card which Michael Conlan and Carl Frampton will appear on in August or there will be two July card.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com