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Feuding Dubs Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty come to blows at pre-fight press conference

Pacemaker Press 28/06/2018 Jono Carroll (left) and Declan Geraghty (right) go head to head during a press conference ahead of The 'Michael Conlan Home Coming' boxing bill at the SSE arena in Belfast on Saturday night. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

FEUDING Dubliners Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty came to blows at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference in Belfast.

The Dubs battle it out for the IBF Inter-Continental Super-Featherweight Championship at the SSE Arena tomorrow night in one of a number of spicy tear-ups which feature on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s home debut against Adeilson Dos Santos.

After heated exchanges during the conference, the pair posed briefly for pictures and things kicked off quickly when bearded Carroll moved in front of Geraghty and acted angrily to a comment from his rival

Carroll shaped to headbutt challenger Geraghty, who flicked out a punch as he was being dragged away by security.

They have met before – in Dublin back in 2014 - when Geraghty was disqualified after four rounds. Carroll got the win but Geraghty claims he was ahead when the fight was stopped and the bitter feud has simmered ever since.

Carroll (15-0) had promised to “knock out” his rival Geraghty (17-2) who is the favourite with the bookies.

“I won’t be leaving it up to the judges because he is getting knocked-out. It’s that simple,” he said.

“This is going to be an easy night’s work for me – he’s getting broke up. It’s not even going to go 12 rounds, I have the gameplan down to a tee and Deco is in for a hard night, trust me.”

Slick boxer Geraghty countered as the temperature quickly at the

“He’s going to get a boxing lesson,” he said.

“I fought his fight the last time and I still beat him – the scorecards said so. You’re going to fight my game on Saturday night. I can box, he can’t box.”

Carroll warned: “I’m going to retire you, when I beat you.”

The debate descended into a trash-talking slanging match with both men trying to land a verbal knockout and this genuine grudge match will be compulsive viewing on Saturday night.

Featherweight: Michael Conlan (7-0) v Adeilson Dos Santos (19-4)

International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title: Jono Carroll (15-0) v Declan Geraghty (17-2)

Super-lightweight: Tyrone McKenna (16-1) v Jack Catterall (21-0)

Vacant BBBofC Celtic Super-bantamweight title: Joe Ham (14-0) v Tyrone McCullagh (10-0)

Welterweight: Lewis Benson (10-0) v Johnny Coyle (18-0-1)

Welterweight: Gary Corcoran (17-2) v Victor Ray Ankrah (8-2)

Super-flyweight: Sunny Edwards (7-0) v Cristian Narvaez (15-7-4)

Featherweight: Neslan Machado (12-0) v Jose Aguilar (16-48-4)

Lightweight: Gary Cully (4-0) v Zoltan Szabo (24-12)

Welterweight: Lewis Crocker (5-0) v Adam Grabiec (5-21)

Super-middleweight: Taylor McGoldrick (1-0) v Richard Hegyi (5-4)

Super-middleweight: Padraig McCrory (3-0) v Harry Matthews (15-28-2)

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