Emotional Declan Geraghty discusses Marco McCullough defeat

He may not have been able for the best shot of Marco McCullough’s career, but Declan Geraghty certainly took what initially may look like a devastating defeat on the chin.

‘Pretty Boy’ was hurting after suffering his fourth career defeat- all four defeats coming in all Irish clashes – on  Friday night, but fronted up to talk to some members of the press.

The Dublin stylist took time to wish his defeater well, revealed there was no bad blood after ‘handshake gate’ and hinted that if he was to fight on he would do so at lightweight.

First and foremost the two weight Irish amateur championship winner wanted to dismiss the notion there was any bad blood between the pair – and went on to say that he hoped the Shankill man would emulate the two other fighters that defeated him- James Tennyson and Jono Carroll- by going on to fight for the IBF world title.

“This is boxing. I thought he had a thump and he proved it. I wish him nothing but the best.Listen people are talking about him not shaking my hand (at the weight in), but I have a lot of respect for him and he has a lot of respect for me,” Geraghty told IFL TV. 

“I understand him not wanting to shake hands it was down to business and it doesn’t bother me.He came in to me and we had a chat.The two people that beat me before went on to win world titles. I would like to see Marco go on and do it,” he adds before claiming McCullough hits harder than banger James Tennyson.

“He hit harder than Tennyson and everyone is saying Tennyson is a big puncher, but he hit harder than Tennyson.”

Prior to the fight both had suggest it may be win or bust, but Geraghty wasn’t as downbeat post this reverse as he was when he lost to Jono Carroll.

The former International amateur still has confidence in his ability and skill set, but thinks he may be taking too much out of himself getting down to super feather.

“Marco, Tennyson and even Jono they are all nice lads and at the end of the day someone has got to lose and unfortunetly it’s been me so far. I do believe I am a better boxer than all of them, I think they would all agree with that in terms of skill.

“I think I am going to move up in weight. I think I am too big for the weight personally and that would help me more than anything else. Even though I am moving up a weight and they are bigger punchers I think that it’s taking too much out of me.”

“There are easier ways to make money than boxing, but I love this sport and I don’t think anyone can deny I am a skillful boxer. Some things just don’t go to plan.”


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 sport for a living for 19 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