Jono Carroll: Geraghty match-up is man against boy
World-ranked super-featherweight Jono Carroll is sure he holds significant edges over Declan Geraghty both physically and mentally ahead of their rematch.
After winning a controversial 2012 bout with ‘Pretty Boy’ via disqualification, Carroll (15-0-KO2) believes he’s improved exponentially since and will expose what he perceives to be fragility in his opponent.
Carroll said: “It’s going to be a man against a boy in there strength-wise both physically and mentally.
“Mentally, he’s a child and he’s not going to want what I give him. I’m not saying I’ll go steaming forward because I don’t need to. I can beat him in any way. Whatever he does best, I’ll take it away from him.
“I beat him in my third fight and I’ve won all 15 now with improvement every time. If I’m able to beat him after two previous professional fights then I’m going to be even better now.
“I truly believe I’m a better technical boxer and a better actual ‘fighter’ too. Every part of my game is better than his.
“He says he’s a better boxer than me. He was a decent amateur and probably should’ve stayed amateur but I find it funny he thinks he’s the better boxer. He’s absolutely delusional.”
A colossal night of boxing sees Michael Conlan headline with his long-awaited return to Belfast with a stacked undercard featuring a rescheduled showdown between Tyrone McKenna and Phil Sutcliffe Jr.
In addition, Tyrone McCullagh faces Joe Ham and Johny Coyle takes on Lewis Benson with all four fighters boasting flawless records while Paddy Gallagher clashes with world title challenger Gary Corcoran.
#TheConlanRevolution will be screened live on BT Sport.
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British Lionhearts name unbeaten trio in line-up to take on Kazakhstan in second-leg of World Series Boxing semi-final
EUROPEAN Championship bronze medallist, Calum French, is one of four boxers from the GB Boxing squad named in the British Lionhearts team to take-on Astana Arlans Kazakhstan in the second-leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final in Atyrau City on Saturday 26th May 2018.
Lightweight, French (4-0), is unbeaten in two seasons of competing in WSB and will be joined in the Lionhearts team by fellow Brits, Will Cawley (flyweight), Carl Fail (welterweight) and Solomon Dacres (super-heavyweight). Overseas selection, Liridon Nuha of Sweden, completes the line-up on his debut appearance for the Lionhearts.
The British team trails 3-2 from last week’s first leg in Sheffield and will be looking for French, Fail (1-0) and Dacres (1-0) to preserve their unbeaten records in the competition if they are to make it into this year’s final.
If the match finishes tied at 5-5, there will be tie-break bout at welterweight, with Cyrus Pattinson boxing for the Lionhearts.
The match will be shown live on BoxNation from 12:20 on Saturday 26th May 2018. BoxNation is available on Sky 437/490HD, BT TV 415, Virgin 546, Freeview 268 and TalkTalk 415.
The full-line up is:
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan
Saken Bibossinov (KAZ)
Will Cawley (ENG)
Zakir Safiullin (KAZ)
Calum French (ENG)
Aslanbek Shymbergenov (KAZ)
Carl Fail (ENG)
Bek Nurmaganbet (KAZ)
Liridon Nuha (SWE)
Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ)
Solomon Dacres (ENG)
Tie-break, Welterweight (69kg)
Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ)
Cyrus Pattinson (ENG)
The British Lionhearts franchise is supported by UK Sport. More details on the Lionhearts and WSB are available at http://www.worldseriesboxing.com/ and by following the team on twitter at @Brit_Lionhearts.
WSB is a global team boxing competition developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), made-up of 11 teams who compete in a league format in three regional groups. It bridges the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and participants compete without vests or headguards over five three-minute rounds using the 10-point-must scoring system. Each match is made-up of five bouts and a team that wins three or more gets the win.