Thomas Carty ready to deliver on promise – Crumlin BC man believes this is his year

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Thomas Carty has gone above and beyond to ensure that finally this is his year.

The Dublin heavyweight has been threatening verbally and in terms of performance to make the break through and become Ireland #1 super heavy.

However, he has yet to claim a Liffey Crane Hire National Elite Championship title and that is something he is keen to amend over the coming week.

Some argue he set himself as the man to beat in the big boy division as he strolled to a 5-0 win against Stephen McMonagle on Saturday night, booking his place in the semi-final in style.

However, we have been here before and Carty knows all too well he has to maintain form throughout the week if he is fulfill his potential and make true his promises.

The Dubliner, runner up in 2017 and 2018, also points out he has done everything within in power to make sure he goes all the way.

“I boxed really well in there tonight. Every year I say it, that I’m going to win the Championships and looking back I don’t think  I’ve ever had as much of a chance to do that as I do this year,” the talented southpaw told

“I’ve taken six weeks out of life for this camp, not just training after work, six weeks of my life in which boxing was the main objective and you can see it.

“I have seen it tonight and everyone has seen what talent I have and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, there are another two levels left in me that I haven’t even had to use yet,” he continues with adding a scary line for future opposition.

There are those who have called for the now Crumlin Boxing Club fighter to be more active in bouts, suggesting he needs to add a solid work rate to the skill set he already boasts – and it seems that is something he felt he needed to improve on too.

“I’m happy with my performance and my coaches are happy so what more could you want. For the first time ever I can honestly say that I left it all in the ring there tonight,” he continues.

“Whereas before I always knew that I had more to give. I was never one hundred percent fit either. I have more talent than I can even explain and everybody tells me that, but I never truly got to show it because I never took training seriously or at least I thought I was taking training seriously but I wasn’t really.

Speaking on the knockdown in the first round which nearly ended the fight Carty said, “I don’t think it changed the way the fight was going, to be honest. It was always going one way from the first minute of the fight, and I was only getting my feet at that stage. The knockdown put the fear in him.”

On a night were all eight 91+KG fighters stepped into the ring Carty shined, but faces a tough fight next. The young Dub will face reigning heavyweight champion Kenneth Okungbowa in what will be a cracking contest in the land of the big hitters.

“I’m looking forward now to getting in the ring Monday and getting to the final”

Super heavyweight is another one of those wide open fields, particularly after reigning champion Dean ‘Breakfast’ Gardener pulled out.

Carty was disappointed he won’t get the chance to dethrone the Tipp fighter in the ring, but did seem to imply if he win the tournament he would like a box off before the Olympic qualifiers.

“I would have loved to box Dean Gardiner but we will get our chance to box again one hundred percent.”

Photo CreditRicardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


Josh Reid McCabe

Boxing fanatic, part-time writer for the Star newspaper Email