SOME suggest Dublin prospect Declan Geraghty was given the ‘Pretty Boy’ ring moniker due to the stylish easy on the eye approach he applied during a successful amateur stint. However a gym mate recently suggested in jest it is because the only thing the MGM fighter loves more than himself is a mirror!
But regardless of where the nickname has its roots the likable and popular prospect has developed a more ugly streak and is happy to be beauty and the beast as he takes the next step along the pro ladder this coming Saturday.
Geraghty has always been confident in his ability to out box any challenger, but of late he has talked about the meaner side of the fight game. He has more confidence in his power and is targeting second successive stoppage win in Birmingham on Saturday night.
The 24 year old lightweight’s last fight lasted all of 24 seconds, he wants more rounds in just this his third professional bout, but is confident he can take the short route to victory again.
“My last fight was over fast. I would preferred to get more rounds in, especially as I brought a good few up from Dublin to Belfast to support me, but l don’t get paid for over time.
“I think I could stop the fella I’m boxing this weekend too. If I don’t it will be good to get four rounds in, but I think I will stop him. I’m learning every day with Seamus and seeing the changes and benefits each time l’m in he ring.”
If the two fight prospect does manage to make the referee’s scorecard irrelevant he would make a statement of sorts as he trades leather with experienced journey man Youssef Al Hamidi.
Al Hamidi is an 84 fight veteran and has brought the likes of Lee Selby, Anthony Cacace, Rendall Munroe and Ricky Burns the distance. The Syrian also holds a surprise win over Anthony Crolla and despite having 69 loses represents an early step up for the Irish senior champion, but the fighter who has been kept busy since turning over in May isn’t fazed.
“He is experienced and mixed with good company, but I’m not worried nor are my team. We know what l am capable of and come Saturday night I will show everyone what I can do. This is only the start for me. We will keep stepping up each time,” he added before expressing his delight at been kept active.
“We have a plan and that is to get me as many fights as l can to build my record. It is great to be active and there are more fights lined up. But once a fight is made that becomes my focus, I am taking it one fight at a time.”