Jono Carroll [17(3)-1-1] believes his clash with Scott Quigg [35(26)-2(0)-2] is bigger than his recent world title fight.
‘King Kong’ came within touching distance of the pinnacle when he challenged Tevin Farmer for the IBF super featherweight world title in Philadelphia on St Patrick’s weekend.
Victory over the American would have seen the popular Dub realize the world title dream.
It’s not meant to get much bigger than that, but the fighter who was out pointed by the ‘American Idol’ argues his fight with Quigg is a more sizable affair.
It’s not that there is more at stake, but the outspoken and keen to entertain southpaw believes the Bury fighter is a more recognizable name, particularly back home.
Quigg was previously public enemy number 1 in terms of the Irish fight fan. The Freddie Roach trained fighter’s long running spat with Carl Framtpon made sure of that and thus Carroll suggests a fight with such a name will generate more interest than his world title tilt.
“In a way, this is even bigger than my world title fight,” said Carroll.
“People didn’t know Farmer in Ireland until I fought him but everyone knows Quigg because Frampton fought him. It’s a huge card and a great opportunity to show the world the best of me.”
Carroll topped a Sky Sports and DAZN bill when he challenged Farmer, a fighter who holds a win over James Tennyson. He is on the undercard this time out, but on a bill topped by one of the most eagerly anticipated heavyweight world title fights in recent times.
The world is expected to tune in when Andy Ruiz Jr rematches Anthony Joshua in Suadi Arabia December 7 and Carroll is hoping to catch a few million eyes in possibly the most eagerly anticipated support fight on the card.
“I’m sure the fans in Saudi Arabi will be very passionate about such a huge card coming to their front door with a lot of world-class fighters going at it. It’s exciting to be a part of this and it’s another country ticked off the list so I’m proud and happy to be able to show them what I’ve got.”
Eddie Hearn had muted the fight a few weeks ago much to the delight of fight fans.
However, it was Carroll who raised it as a possibility first- speaking not long after his first career defeat, the Spain based Irish fighter reacted to Quigg calling out Farmer by suggesting they fight instead.
“Scott Quigg would want to fight me first before he fights Tevin Farmer,” the talkative star told IFL TV.
“I’ll smash Scott Quigg up. I don’t know why he thinks he can call out Tevin Farmer. Scott Quigg hasn’t even done much recently. He hasn’t beaten a name recently.”
“He is doing great training over there with Freddie Roach, probably getting great spars and that, but Farmer is way too slick for Scott Quigg,” opined Carroll.