Declan Geraghty wants 50-50s: would fight MGM team-mates

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Dublin’s Declan Geraghty [12(3)-1(0)] is back in action on Saturday night in Scotland.

The slick super feather boxes on a Boxnation-broadcast MGM show at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre in Scotland in what he believes will be his final fight before a title clash.

‘Pretty Boy’ is desperate to move into bigger fights and told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’ve been saying it from the start I want 50/50 fights. I know how good I am, I do it day-in day-out in the gym.”

“I’m a super featherweight but I spar lads up at welterweight and light middle. I don’t care who I’m in with, I believe I’ll best them all.”

“I think we’re very close to my first title, a 50:50 fight, so just wait and see but next year will be huge for me.”

One of the MGM originals, Geraghty welcomes the recent Irish additions of Mick Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Phil Sutcliffe, Stephen Ormond, Ian Tims, Con Sheehan, and, perhaps most of all, old rival Jono Carroll.

The 26 year old feels that in-house could be the way to go in terms of securing big fights, and explained how “I believe a lot of us could fight each other which I’m open to.”

“I wish all boxers the best because I know how hard this game is, but when I’m up against them, then it’s business.”

“I hope we all make good money and have good health, but I want to prove I’m the best out there and the only way I can do that is fight whoever is in front of me.”

It’s great to see MGM growing, I believe they will keep doing so and I think it’s great for Irish boxers.

Thirteen fights into his career, the southpaw feels he has banked enough experience to make a step up. Last time out Geraghty secured a hard-fought win over Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo – who would soon after draw with former World champion Kiko Martínez – and the Irishman outlined how “I don’t think l got enough credit for that fight.”

“We knew Osejo was gonna be a hard fight.”

“When you think about it, he drew with Kiko and I believe he won that fight, and he also fought former World champion Evgeny Gradovich who defended his title 5 times till he lost out to Lee Selby – and Osejo lost to him on a split decision in Russia. I never got to see the fight, but to lose on a split decision in Russia against a Russian boxer, to me, looks like he could have won it.”

“Also, I never had anyone training me for the fight. I did my two camps in Spain where I trained myself, Danny Vaughan and Albert Ayrapetyan helped me out, which I can’t thank them enough for, but I was kinda doing my own thing and I never once got any southpaw sparing.”

“So taking all that in, it was a very good, hard, win for me.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Gulglielminotti – 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