The first fight was three years ago. The first fight was marred with controversy. The first fight was a war.
Now Super Featherweight’s Declan Geraghty and Jono Carroll are ready to do it all again in an all-Ireland affair in their capital city. Announced earlier this week, Geraghty is set to challenge for Carroll’s recently acquired IBF European belt on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s homecoming bout in Belfast.
The first meeting came when both men were fledgling professionals. Now with 17 fights experience under his belt, ‘Pretty Boy’ Geraghty has the bit between his teeth and is ready to right the wrongs of the first fight.
An unnecessary use of the head from Geraghty, 6-0 at the time, brought an abrupt ending to a clash which would go on to win Irish Fight of The Year for 2014.
Talking exclusively to FightTalk.net, Geraghty described the pain of losing the first fight and the importance of setting the record straight.
‘’I wanted the rematch as soon as the disqualification came. It took a while to happen but now we are getting there. And now I’m ready to get this show on the road.’’
‘’Every fight in my career is important to win. Doesn’t matter if it’s him or anyone else. This fight at the weekend is important to win so every happen I have now is important.’’
Taking no chances and leaving no stone unturned, the 25-year-old is set to fight in Brentwood this weekend in a ‘tick-over’ bout, as he prepares for the 18th November main event.
‘’Yeah training is going pretty well. At the end of the day I have been training for the last few weeks because I am fighting this weekend. So that’s been going on.’’
Geraghty was quick to play down the possibility of another blockbuster meeting with rival Carroll, speaking with a heightened level of maturity as he spoke honestly on the past events and analysed the upcoming event.
‘’That fight was a long time. Both of us have improved massively since then. It’s a different fight altogether. A lot of things have changed for both of us since then.’’
‘’Only time will tell. Only that night will show. I expect to do what I do best and I expect to put a great performance in and get the win. I expect nothing less than for the best version of me too show up.’’
The script has been written. The stage has been set. Two MTK fighters with a bitter history and rivalry ready to put to bed any questions left after their first encounter.
Six weeks out from the fight and the pair have already begun to trade barbs on social media. And despite Geraghty’s attempts to downplay the possibility of another war, I can see no love lost between the pair and I am expecting fireworks when Geraghty and Carroll meet again on November 18th.
Thank you to Declan for taking the time to talk to FightTalk.net.
Follow Declan’s journey on Twitter: @Deco_Gero
Written by Tom Humber