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Declan Geraghty: I’m going to be a boxer rather than a fighter

While he may have won the Boxing Union of Ireland’s 2014 Fight of the Year award for his war with Jono Carroll, Dublin lightweight Declan Geraghty has promised that fight fans will start to see more of his slick and stylish boxing skills as his career progresses.

At the weekend in Puerto Banús, ‘Pretty Boy’ comprehensively outpointed Czech light welter Daniel Bazo on the ‘Lights Out at the Plaza’ dinner show.

After his impressive victory over a dangerous opponent, Geraghty [9(2)-1(0)] spoke to prolific YouTube channel iFilm London TV about his evolving style.

Following the mature performance, the southpaw admitted that adjusting to the pro ranks “takes time, I think I’m gradually coming into it.”

Geraghty also pointed to the positive impact of his manager Daniel Kinahan, joking that “Daniel drills it in to my head to box box box – and if I don’t box he gives me a slap on the back of the head!”

The 25 year old continued: “he helps me out in the corner and he’s a great asset to have because hes an intelligent boxing man, he knows what he’s talking about.”

“He knows how good of a boxer I can be.”

Geraghty admits that he may have been a bit too partial to slugging it out in the past, conceding that “like anybody else, I like to stand there and mix it.”

However, as he develops as a fighter, he feels that “I’m gradually pushing that out of me.”

The Dub foresees that “the rounds are gonna up, so I’m not gonna stand there and wear myself out – I’m gonna be smart.”

“My next fight’s gonna be an eight rounder and you’re gonna see me box.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@TheFIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie