Declan Geraghty [19(4)-4(3)] has been handed another high profile break through chance.
The Dublin southpaw will face Archie Sharp [16(8)-0] at the Royal Albert Hall live on BT Sports on the undercard of Daniel Dubios’ Commonwealth title fight and Nicola Adams attempt to become a world champion.
‘Pretty Boy’ was last seen out pointing journey man Naheem Chaudhry last week, but his last meaningful outing was a dramatic stoppage defeat to Marco McCullough at the Ulster Hall.
Similar step up domestic defeats to Jono Carroll and James Tennyson were made easier to take by the fact both went on to challenge for a world title, but it was feared the McCullough defeat and the manner in which it was inflicted could prompt the Dubliner to call it a day.
However. that clearly wasn’t the case and the two weight National Elite amateur champion secured the fight he called for via Irish-boxing.com as recent as July.
The EU medal winners call out was obviously heard and after a return to winning ways in Scotland last week he will challenge the English fighter for his WBO European rankings title.
“I am looking for a fight. I want to get back in there. Archie said he wanted the winner of me and Marco. For some reason it hasn’t materialized between them two, so why not me and him. We are both MTK so it should be easy enough to make,” Geraghty explained to Irish-Boxing.com last month before suggesting his sparring session with recent Sharp foe Jordan McCrory is proof he is a viable opponent.
“I did the Sean Turner job. I got up off the couch after months of partying and eating shite to spar McCrory, but I easily controlled the spar. I know it’s only sparing, but look how different we did in the ring against him.”
The 24 year old ‘Sharpshooter’ won nine national junior titles during a nine year innings in the unpaid sphere and has impressed since turning over.
Indeed, promoter Frank Warren has labelled him one of the best kept secrets in British boxing.
The box-fighter won the WBO European ranking title with victory over Leon Woodstock and successfully defended it against Jordan McCrory.