Declan Geraghty Interview: Irish Title, Macklin’s Gym Marbella and Jono Carroll
This Saturday (November 5) Declan ‘Pretty Boy’ Geraghty will perform in Belfast, his first bout on these shores since 2015.
The southpaw (13-1, 3 KOs) is then scheduled to face James Tennyson (16-2, 13 KOs) for the super-featherweight Irish title in December at the National Stadium.
“I am happy with how my career has gone so far,” Geraghty told Fightstore Media. “It could have gone better, could have gone worse. I expect and believe I will win the Irish title, probably one defence of it and then move on to bigger and better things.
“I don’t believe this is my level, it’s a great title to win and no disrespect to anyone who’s only won an Irish title, some people can’t win it, but I believe I’m at a different level and I can only prove it by taking these steps as they come.”
In January Geraghty stated to us that he wanted four or five fights in 2016 without picking up a loss.
He is on track to achieving that but he won’t obtain the European title he had hoped to be competing for.
But by judging Geraghty’s ability, those opportunities will arise for the 26-year-old pugilist.
We asked Geraghty about the growth of his management team Macklin’s Gym Marbella (MGM) who recently acquired former amateur stars Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes.
“I always knew the ambition wasn’t just to manage a few boxers. The ambition was to grow global which is what they are doing now, they’re doing a massive job.
“Even though they’re a management team they are turning into a team like Al Haymon, the way we are all going to be fighting each other soon. I’ve seen a few MGM fighters fight each other already and I believe this will happen again in future.”
Could he be referring to a contest between himself and new MGM signing Jono Carroll?
The pair fought in 2014 where Geraghty was disqualified in a memorable contest between two of Ireland’s biggest prospects.
Geraghty said: “I think it’s time to let it build and I heard Jono turn around to the boys and say he would fight me again but he wants more money and I do understand where he’s coming from.
“I would fight him tomorrow because I do believe that every day of the week I am better than him. That day was a once off, and I still won that fight, it wasn’t a loss it was a disqualification. I was winning the fight, it would be different if I was losing. I was winning on all judges’ cards going into the last minute.”
He added: “But I do understand it could build into a bigger fight, I hope he keeps winning and I keep winning and I wish him all the best. It should happen in the future.”