However, alongside this, the Dublin super feather had an unshakeable belief that few shared.
Brought in as ‘the opponent’ for EU silver medallist Declan Geraghty, 2-0 pro novice Carroll was meant to lose but ‘King Kong’ was talking about world titles.
Carroll said as much in his first ever interview with Irish-Boxing.com and, as you can see below, is still very much the same Jono as the one who challenges IBF champion Tevin Farmer tonight in Philadelphia.
We all know how the story has gone. Carroll would upset Declan Geraghty in that epic fight in Dublin to set in motion a sensational, if stop-start, rise to where he is now – potentially just hours away from fulfilling his World Champion prediction.
Best of luck, Jono, from all at Irish-Boxing.com.
Watch Jono Carroll’s first interview with us below: