The man they call ‘Pretty Boy’ took his beating like a man on Friday night.
Declan Geraghty [14(4)-2(1)] was stopped on his feet in an enthralling Irish super featherweight title fight by Belfast puncher James Tennyson, but didn’t cry foul following his second career defeat.
“It was a good, entertaining fight. I won’t cry about it, I am a man now. He won and that’s the end of it,” Geraghty said after the sixth round stoppage.
The former two weight National Elite Amateur champion was dropped twice in the clash and was shipping uppercuts when the referee jumped in. However, there was a feeling from some at ringside that the Dubliner should have been given more time, especially considering the magnitude of the fight.
Geraghty himself was of that opinion – although he wasn’t keen to shout foul, and rather seemed more disappointed that he allowed himself to get into a position for the ref to have to consider a stoppage.
“In fairness he had a bit of power. I did feel the stoppage was a bit early, my head was still clear, but I am not going to dwell on it. James won and I am not going to argue with the decision. He is a lovely fella and I wish him all the best. I hope he goes onto bigger and better things.”
The impressive victory, live on BoxNation, will no doubt work wonders for Tennyson [18(14)-2(2)] and propel him toward a second British title shot, but it’s back to the drawing board for Geraghty.
In truth, he showed enough flashes of brilliance and class which suggest dramatic changes are not needed, but he himself seemed to indicate he wouldn’t hang around if he didn’t think he had what it took to reach the top.
“I don’t know,” he responded when the ‘what’s next’ question inevitably reared its head.
“I will have a long think about it and a talk with my team. I’m not sticking around in this game to pick up a few losses, I was too good of an amateur to do that.”
“I believe I was the better fighter, but he won and I won’t take anything away from him, no bad blood, fair play to him.”
Tennyson’s manager Mark Dunlop claims his charge won’t defend the green strap, but there were a number suggesting a triangle between Geraghty, Jono Carroll and Tennyson could prove a fan friendly outcome – and it’s seems ‘Pretty Boy’ agrees.
“I would love to see him and Jono go at it. This is a hard sport so I won’t take the piss out of anybody including Jono and Tennyson, but we are all the same. We all believe we are the best and want to prove it. I didn’t do as well as I should have tonight, but it is what it is.”