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“He wouldn’t even come spar me” – Geraghty believes Celtic title foe was forced to take fight

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Considering he is the one who suffered heartbreaking defeat last time out, Declan Geraghty [14(4)-2(1)] should be the one heading into his upcoming title fight with some nerves

However, ‘Pretty Boy’ claims things are pretty much the other way around and suggest the undefeated Michael Roberts Jr [19(1)-0-1] is the one dreading their fight this Saturday.

The Dubliner was stopped in the sixth round of his Irish super featherweight title clash with James Tennyson back in March, but hasn’t been granted an easy ‘rehabilitation’ clash, rather he jumps back in at title level, boxing Scotsman Roberts in Glasgow for the BBBoC Celtic featherweight title at the Paisley Lagoon Centre.

Add to that the former two-weight Elite Senior Champion has to travel to the lion’s den and it seems as if Geraghty should be the one that is somewhat wary.

However, Geraghty claims he took the fight within seconds of it being offered and says he doesn’t think his opponent wants it.

Roberts had been due to fight another Scot, Stephen Tiffney, for the belt last held by Tennyson, and the confident Dubliner believes Tiffney’s withdrawal has forced Roberts into a clash he is worried about.

“They offered me this fight and I took it in a heartbeat. We tried to get a fight with this lad before, but he didn’t want it. He wouldn’t even come spar me when I was in Manchester. Then his opponent pulled out for this fight so we got a call asking if I would take it and we jumped at it, ” The MTK fighter told Irish-Boxing.com.

“He was training for a 10 rounder and there was a title on the line, who was he going to get? He was forced a bit and had to fight me.”

Roberts has been building a following a Scotland and does have an impressive looking record on paper, but Geraghty claims the Scot’s duck egg will smashed come July 1st.

“This young fella I am fighting is 19 fights without defeat. He has a draw and that comes against a lad I beat easy [Reynaldo Cajina]. I am looking forward to going to Scotland and taking someone’s 0. ”

“I’m as good of a boxer as anyone. I’ve proved how good l can be but I’ve really got f*ck all luck!”

“I haven’t lived up to how good l can be, I’ve a natural talent and a great boxing brain and everyone knows that, but things just haven’t gone right for me.”

“But I don’t want easy fights I want to keep pushing myself and see how far I can go so when the call came I took it with both hands.”

“That’s what l wanted, I know enough and I know what I’m planning on doing to him”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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