New Beginning Countdown: Declan ‘Pretty Boy’ Geraghty in-depth

Irish-boxing.com continues its countdown to the return of big time boxing in Dublin with an in-depth look at Declan Geraghty [7(1)-1(0)]

The only southpaw on the card, 25 year old Geraghty is a slick boxer – but is also willing to go to war if needs be. A decorated amateur, the Dubliner has won multiple national titles as well as a silver medal in the 2009 EU Championships. Geraghty turned professional last year with Macklin’s Gym Marbella and has fought regularly since.

Geraghty began his pro career with a series of impressive displays against experienced journeymen before taking on Jono Carroll last November in what would be the ‘2014 BUI Fight of the Year.’ An all-out brawl ended during the forth and final round when Geraghty was disqualified for use of the head. Deco was up 30-28 on the scorecard after three rounds, and has put down the DQ as a “silly mistake.” Confident of victory if every he were to have a rematch with Carroll, Geraghty refreshingly claims that he will “welcome all challengers.”

Geraghty made a winning return at the start of the year before facing a frustrating lay-off due to a hand injury. The former amateur international will be looking to make up for lost time when he returns to the venue that saw many of his greatest victories.

‘New Beginning’ will also see Geraghty test the waters in a new weight class – dropping from lightweight to super featherweight. Here he is scheduled to face Latvia’s Dinars Skripkins [2(0)-2(2)] over six rounds. Geraghty will most likely be outsized by his Baltic foe who has campaigned at light welterweight. On a more sombre note, some may remember that, back in March, Skripkins was the final opponent of the dearly departed Eamonn Magee Jr. (RIP).

A former contestant on Take Me Out, ‘Pretty Boy’ Geraghty is known for breaking hearts in and out of the ring. The confident Crumlin man has claimed that “I can be the next world champion from Dublin,” and he will be looking to impress his home fans on Saturday.

Doors open at the National Stadium at 6pm and tickets are available from ticketmaster.ie. ‘New Beginning: Conlan-Granados’ will also be shown live on Boxnation from 7pm.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie