Geraghty: It’s time to take Dublin back off the UFC
It’s time to get people off the UFC bandwagon and back onto chariot boxing claims Declan Geraghty.
There are some in boxing circles who believes ‘Pretty Boy’ has the look, skill and with MGM the backing to be a Bernard Dunne-like figure and, considering his promotional outfit are running regular shows in the capital, has the platform to bring big time boxing back to Dublin.
Not short on confidence the former two weight Senior Champion would champion that view point and he is already talking about reviving the sport in his home town.
Since Dunne was selling out The Point and delighting hundreds of thousands of TV viewers on RTÉ. Belfast has taken centre stage in terms of Irish boxing and indeed a lot of Irish fighters have had to fight abroad to build toward success.
And while boxing in the Fair City has been operating in small halls, and of late the National Stadium, tickets for a UFC show without out Conor McGregor, which played out in the 3Area (formally The Point and the O2) were gone in 60 seconds.
Geraghty, who fights on a Boxnation broadcast National Stadium hosted card against Spainish opposition on November 7, is keen for boxing to confirm its status as Ireland’s premier combat sport and believes it is time for a return to the good old Dunne days.
“The UFC is doing great in Ireland and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and that’s great, but now it’s time to bring back the Bernard Dunne days in boxing,” he told irish-boxing.com.
Geraghty has big title ambitions, but knows he is laying the foundations of a big career at present.
He knows if he can excite the Dublin crowd it will only help his chances of progressing further.
“This is only a start I will be a big name not only in Dublin but Ireland next year, ” he added.
“There’s no better people to get behind you than the Irish even the support I have received for this fight has been f*****g great. So many people have being onto me for tickets and wish me good luck and it means a lot .”