James Tennyson is just the first of a number of big fights in 2017 for Declan Geraghty [14(4)-1(0)] – according to the Dubliner himself
‘Pretty Boy’ faces the Belfast banger in an Irish super featherweight title fight, one of the strongest match-ups of recent years, at a date and location to be confirmed shortly – although it is widely assumed to be on the Boxnation show at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on February 18th.
The fight was due to take place last month in Scotland, only for Tennyson [17(13)-2(2)] to pick up a cut and force a postponement. While it meant that Geraghty’s year ended on a quiet note, the MGM fighter isn’t complaining.
He explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “I had four fights in 2016 and won them all – three were stopped early – so it ain’t a bad year, but it was a quiet enough year for me. l would’ve liked to pick up my first title but Tennyson got cut, so the fight got put back which was a bit frustrating.”
“I would’ve liked to do more last year but some things went wrong and it’s all in the past now so no point moaning about it.”
While he isn’t overlooking Tennyson, Geraghty is viewing at the upcoming fight as the first of a year where he finally fulfills his potential. The determined Dubliner harbours no ill-will towards Tennyson and described how “if he was my best mate I’m still going in there to knock him out. It’s a business at the end of the day. There’s no bad blood, I don’t really know him and he wouldn’t really know me so how could l call him a prick? He seams like a nice guy but it’s all business fight night.”
Outlining his plan for the year as a whole, Geraghty has a few names in mind. The 26 year old notes how “I’m willing to fight anyone in 2017, I want to make it my year and get as many titles as l can.”
“I’m willing to fight whoever the public and my team want me to fight, but there’s a few fights that could be easily made. Guys who who are with MGM or Boxnation, the likes of Micheal Roberts from Scotland who has a good record [18(1)-0-1]. The Jono Carroll fight could be made this year if the team think it’s the right time and for the right money. Also Mitchell Smith and George Jupp.”
“These are all nice lads, but this is a business and I want to be in hard fights. So, after Tennyson, I’m willing to fight any of them. Hopefully I even fight three or four of them and, if not, whoever else that is ranked higher then me.”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show