The Dublin southpaw super featherweight duo will clash, almost four years on from their first meeting, on the Mick Conlan homecoming bill at the SSE Odyssey Arena in Belfast on June 30th and Carroll feels Geraghty [17(4)-2(1)] is set for a second defeat.
The inner-city Dubliner was disqualified in the fourth and final round of their first meeting at the 3Arena back in 2014 and Finglas-Dunshaughlin fighter Carroll claims this bout shows Geraghty’s lack of heart.
‘King Kong’ Carroll recalled how “I wanted a six-rounder because I knew he could box, he was a good amateur – he should have stayed amateur, in my opinion. He dropped it back down to four rounds at the weigh-in!”
“He doesn’t like long fights, he doesn’t have heart. He’s a different man to who I am. Me and him are a completely different kettle of fish.”
Addressing his rival, Carroll, who will put his IBF Inter-Continental belt and #7 ranking on the line, stated that “this isn’t three rounds, you’re a good fighter for three or four rounds but you haven’t got heart and I’m going to smash you – plus you haven’t got a chin.”
“When it gets to the nitty-gritty we’re going to see who does right and who does wrong.”
Geraghty has always stressed that he lost his cool in the first fight and was dragged into a war by Carroll – who used Irish-Boxing.com expertly to get under the amateur champion’s skin.
‘Pretty Boy’ believes he is more of a man now and predicts that he will use his technical skills honed by the likes of Phil Sutcliffe, Zaur Antia, and father Declan Geraghty Sr to outbox Carroll in the rematch.
The charismatic Carroll doesn’t believe so, especially in the pro game, and is predicting a dominant win to close this chapter of his career.
“You need to know boxing to give a boxing lesson,” he argued
“I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table. Deco does a million things wrong. he does all the basics wrong, I do all the basics correct. I don’t do anything amazing but I don’t need to do anything amazing because what I do is effective.”
“I just want to go head forward, smash him up, finish him, and put all this to rest before I move on with my career.”
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