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DECLAN Geraghty would love another crack at ‘King Kong’ Jono Carroll.
The lightweight prospect and former two-weight amateur champion lost his unbeaten record to his fellow Dub when he was disqualified after three and half rounds that had more action in them than three and a half Die Hard films – and the 24-year-old is keen for a sequel of his own.
There are no sour grapes from the MGM fighter, who was ahead in a bout most ringside just couldn’t call when proceedings were called to a halt, and he is not demanding a return from a disgruntled standpoint. Rather he thinks the fight of the night on the Return Of The Mack card could prove a high profile and entertaining encounter down the line.
“It was great fight, fight of the night for sure,” Geraghty told Irish-boxing.com.
“It was a war, toe to toe stuff, both of us went at it from the first bell. Jono is a lovely fella and this is business. He got the win and I wish him all the best. l want to fight him again and I’m sure he would take the fight but it would be a bit down the line. Again it was fight of the night and it really should have been shown on TV, without a doubt.”
It certainly wasn’t pretty for ‘Pretty Boy’ last Saturday night. He granted Carroll’s war request and stood toe-to-toe with the Finglas native. The former amateur stand-out admits he should have used his vaunted skill set more, but takes solace from the fact he proved he can battle in the trenches and both ship and fork out big shots.
“Maybe l should have boxed more, but that’s what happens in boxing. Sometimes you have to do what ever comes naturally to you and on this occasion that was to fight. It was very close and a good battle, but despite fighting I was up, so I showed I can fight and I am sure there will be stages when I have to fight again in the future. Any one that thinks l can’t fight or I don’t have a chin has to watch that fight. Jono hit me with his best and l kept coming and dished out some punishment of my own.”