Archie Sharp vs Declan Geraghty Preview
By James Hailston
Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London one of the worlds, let alone Britain’s, most exciting prospects takes to the ring in the form of big hitting heavyweight Daniel Dubois.
His fight against Ebenezer Tetteh for the Commonwealth title is no doubt the main reason most people will be in attendance. However on the undercard there could well be another hidden talent of British boxing looking to make some noise.
The 16-0 super featherweight Archie Sharp has looked very impressive in his last few fights since stepping up his opposition.
Fellow unbeaten fighter Lyon Woodstock was dropped and outpointed in a fight deemed 50-50 beforehand. Tough Scotsman Jordan McCorry was then dealt the same fate in Sharp’s last bout.
It will be the decent Irishman Declan Geraghty’s turn next to try and ruin any future plans Sharp and his team may have.
A smooth mover with good timing and composure gained from a decent amateur background, Sharp is most at home operating on the back foot. The 24 year old has also shown glimpses of a more aggressive side to his game too though with slightly underrated power causing opponents problems when he does decide to put his shots together.
Against McCorry in particular his body shots looked accurate and spiteful when he planted his feet. His defence was slightly careless at times but you have to wonder if that was more from confidence he wasn’t being hurt rather than a weakness of his. Against better opponents though its chances he may not be able to take.
Geraghty may fall into that category. Though not the biggest puncher, just 4 stoppages, but he’s more experienced than Sharp and with a good amateur background himself as well as the southpaw stance he boxes out of, could give Sharp problems he’s not really faced as a pro yet.
He’s shared the ring with fighters in Jono Carroll and James Tennyson who have then gone onto where Sharp wants to be – the big stage.
After being brought along quietly low down on cards Sharp’s last few performances have pushed him further into the limelight. Ranked no7 in the WBO rankings thanks to the WBO European title he owns and defends tonight, its been quietly mentioned that a world title shot may not be a million miles away. But he must pass this Geraghty test first and the style in which he does so is what will likely determine his next move.
Whilst riding along the boxing cycle track the Woodstock and McCorry fights were the stabilisers being taken off. Some wobble, some even fall off yet Sharp carried on cruising along as well balanced as ever. Impress enough against Geraghty and it may be time to start riding up the steep hills to higher peaks and over tougher terrain to greater rewards.