Carl McDonald: “I’ve been waiting for that since I was twelve years old”

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Carl McDonald was probably the happiest man in Belfast on Saturday night.

The Jobstown super bantamweight made his professional debut on the ‘Another Level’ dinner show in the Europa Hotel and got off to a winning start, outpointing Pole Kamil Jaworek over four rounds (40:36).

Afterwards the 27 year old spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and gave his thoughts on the bout, commenting how “it was scrappy, I was excited, I was too excited, I was rushing my shots, but we got the win and we landed a few big shots.”

“He was awkward, a southpaw, and he kept dropping his head, he even hit me in the chin with it.”

“I hurt him a few times, I hurt him in the first, and then I think I hurt him in the fourth.”

Regardless of performance, the 2015 Intermediate champion fulfilled a lifelong ambition, and described how “it was great, it was a dream come true, a dream come true.”

“I would have stayed in there and done ten rounds, that was unbelievable, that was a dream come true.”

“I’ve been waiting for that since I was twelve years old, it was indescribable.”

“Now we have to do it again, just keep going, get more rounds, get better fights, get in wars, keep the fans happy.”

The Dubliner also paid tribute to his close-knit team, and explained how I’ve been with the lads all my life, Jaws, Eddie, Pajo, the lads, they’ve looked after me since I was a baby.”

“It’s an unbeatable bond, the lads keep you on the straight and narrow and that’s the main thing.”

“I am the man I am today because of all the lads.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie