DECLAN Geraghty claims he will prove ‘Pretty Boy’ is next big thing to come out of Dublin if he fights on Matchroom’s November 15 ‘Return of the Mack’ card.
The Dublin lightweight is Ireland’s busiest fighter at present and will have had seven fights since turning pro in just last May after this coming Friday.
The former two weight Senior Champion, who says he has banked vital experience as well as wins, is ready to trade quantity for quality and if he beats Ibrar Riyaz this weekend and fight an opponent that will enable him to make a statement come November 15.
“I am not sure if I’m officially on the November bill, but I am confident I can get on that card. It will be a chance for me to show Dublin fight fans my skills and show them I plan to be the next big thing,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“This is my seventh pro fight and I will be moving up to more rounds now. When that happens the fights in terms of regularity will naturally slow down a bit, but my game is to hit and don’t be hit so even though I am busy I haven’t taken any punishment. That’s why l can get so many fights in, but I’m sure it will slow up a little bit as we plan to progress,” he added before stressing he understands he is on a learning curve.
“Being so active has helped me to learn the trade a bit fast then it would with most, but I’m still only learning as a pro and I will keep learning with a good team around me.”
The MGM fighter has enjoyed somewhat of a nomadic existence since turning over. The 24 year old southpaw has traded leather in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Belfast and fights in Wales this weekend.
He claims fighting on the road is something he is used to having represented Ireland as an amateur and claims the traveling will stand him in good stead when bigger fights come around.
I think the traveling will stand to me when I’ve the bigger fights and have to go to someone else’s back yard.I don’t mind fighting abroad though I’ve done so much traveling with the Irish team so in that regard it’s nothing new.”
Ibar Riyaz stands between the Seamus Macklin trained fighter and victory number 7. Riyaz has only one four times in 69 fights, but Geraghty claims the fighter, who has Irish previous in the form of Marco McCullough, Stephen Ormond and Gavin Prunty-indeed he beat Prunty over four rounds-, is tough and experienced.
“I know the lad comes to fight and takes it to you. He has boxed a few lads in Ireland before, good fighters too. I’m just going to do what l do best and give him a boxing lesson, well that’s the plan but if he comes into a fight I don’t mind one.”