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Geraghty is good to go

Frank Warren promised to bring big-time boxing back to Dublin and the bill at the National Stadium on July 3 is looking even more exciting with the addition of Steve Ormond to the card.

The former WBO European lightweight champion, who's fought just three of his 19 pro bouts in his home town, is planning to show Dublin fans one of his best performances next month.

Another local fighter with a point to prove is Declan Geraghty (pictured) whose high profile bout with Jono Carroll in November went pearshaped when, ahead on points, Geraghty was disqualified in the fourth round.

"I'm happy that Jono's done well since then," says Declan. "But they say cream always rises to the top. Give it eighteen months and people will be saying, "Declan was always the better boxer."

With a string of national amateur titles to his credit, Geraghty isn't shy about his talent. "The fact that Jono won Prizefighter shows what I have," he says. "I was winning well against him. What happened was, I clipped him with a right hook and he tried to hang on. I was trying to get him off me. But all in good time."

It's been a difficult few months with injuries for Geraghty, but he says: "I'd fight Jono again. In fact, I'd fight anyone tomorrow. Especially at European level."

With the loss to Carroll spoiling his unbeaten record, Declan and his MGM team have made an important career decision. "I have my father, Declan Snr., back as my head coach," he reveals.

"He was in my corner when I won in Birmingham in February. It's good to have him back because he knows how to get the best out of me. I've a good record with him. When he was coaching me over the years as an amateur, I won almost every fight."

"With the way I've been improving, I reckon in about two years time I'll be bringing thousands to see me fight in Dublin," he added.