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Pretty Boy Geraghty Punch-Perfect in Puerto Banús

Dublin lightweight Declan Geraghty put on a boxing clinic at the ‘Lights Out at the Plaza’ show in Puerto Banús tonight. The Dubliner faced Czech light welterweight Daniel Bazo [now 2(2)-3(0)] and put in a mature performance against a dangerous, physically larger, opponent.

Geraghty began calmly, boxing at distance and scoring a lovely left hook counter to the body at the end of the first. The Irishman turned on the style in the second stanza, standing square on and dancing around the ring, circling his opponent.

In the third, ‘Pretty Boy’ began to up his aggression and the southpaw scored with multiple left hand leads and counters whenever Bazo committed himself. The Czech 17 year old did however land a heavy warning shot towards the end of the round.

Perhaps encouraged by this, Bazo attacked a bit more in the fourth stanza and did build up a bit of a head of steam – but Geraghty responded brilliantly in the last minute of the round with two big counters and a heavy combination.

Needing a knockout, the Czech youngster charged forward in the final round but Geraghty was too clever to be drawn into a war and kept his distance, safely seeing out the fight.

The bout went to the judges’s scorecards and there was not a molecule of doubt with two judges giving him every round (60-54 x2) and the other scoring the fight 59-55.

Geraghty’s record has now improved to 9(2)-1(0), and after another win in his tenth pro fight, the title-chasing Pretty Boy will now be targeting a bit of bling to wrap around his waist.

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