Declan Geraghty is eager to beat former room-mate Marco McCullough to the IBF European crown and book his ticket to world level.
Dublin’s Geraghty (18-3, 4 KOs) travels to McCullough’s home city of Belfast for Friday’s #MTKFightNight to fight live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank on the undercard of Ryan Burnett vs. Jelbirt Gomera.
With the prospect of a world ranking at stake, Geraghty couldn’t be more motivated.
He said: “The IBF European title is a great belt to grab on the way up the rankings. Hopefully I’ll claim that and then I’ll be straight into the top 15 or top 20 in the IBF. One or two wins later and I could be on the heels of world champion Tevin Farmer.
“Fighting on ESPN+ is great, too. It’s a huge broadcast and the exposure on there is unbelievable. To have a show in Ireland broadcast across America helps not just me but all the MTK Global boxers.
“You can fight on the small-hall shows and have fight of the year wars but it’s not the same if it’s not the same if it’s not televised so it’s great that people can see these great contests.
“I’m going to his back yard and I’m really excited. At the end of the day, it’s me and him in the ring and I hope he brings a massive crowd because I’ll be bringing a good bunch of people up from Dublin.
“Belfast is the place to be at the moment for boxing, it seems. There are so many great MTK Global shows up there at the moment. I was there for Conrad Cummings vs. Luke Keeler and it was a great atmosphere. Hopefully this bill lives up to that standard or even surpasses it.”
Joining two huge title fights in McCullough vs. Geraghty and Burnett vs. Gomera are another local hero in Sean McComb, who steps up against Miroslav Serban; plus the likes of Lewis Crocker, Steven Donnelly and more.