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Alex Dilmaghani targets Jono Carroll fight

Crayford southpaw Alex Dilmaghani [19(8)-1(0)-1] wants a fight with Jono Carroll [18(4)-1(0)-1].

The well traveled former Juan Manuel Marquez sparring partner was set to fight for the European title despite drawing with Nicaraguan Francisco Fonseca live on Channel 5 last time out.

France’s European super-featherweight champion Samir Ziani was set to come to London to put the famous blue strap on the line on April 25, only for the current pandemic to prevent that voluntary fight from happening.

Now with that fight gone Dilmaghani has targeted recent world title challenger Jono Carroll.

Dilmaghani is hopeful he will eventually get the chance to fight the French fighter, but would like to face ‘King Kong’ in the meantime.

“Jono Carroll, he just beat Scott Quigg, that’s a very good fight,” Dilmaghani stated when speaking to Seconds Out.

“I’d definitely like to fight him. Mick [Hennessy] actually told me, when you’ve got domestic, top-class fighters [to face], they [those fights] make the most money. Jono Carroll and me, we’re at similar stages and it’d be a great fight.”

Carroll is hoping to work his way back into world title contention having challenged Tevin Farmer for the IBF super featherweight world title in March of last year.

His win over a high profile name like Quigg – and particularly the manner in which it was delivered – should propel him toward the current champions or at least bigger names than Dilmaghani . As he most likely wouldn’t be interested at this stage of his career.

Not to mention the fact the English fighter is with Hennessy Promotions and Carroll is with Matchroom doesn’t make it a natural fit.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com