Jake Hanney will see first hand what the best Stephen Carroll can do, claims the Ballyfermot boxer himself.
‘Shortty’ believes he has yet to show his full potential since turning over, but is adamant thad, if he was to face his fellow Dub in a proposed BUI Celtic Warrior title fight in February or March, both Hanney and those in attendance would see what he is capable of.
Carroll is also keen to point out that, while the pair have an equal five pro wins each, his amateur pedigree is superior.
“I don’t think he has done much as a amateur. People forget I have nearly boxed every good lad up to the weight of 75kg as an amateur and I have that behind me,” Carroll told Irish-Boxing.com before suggesting his eight-round all-Irish fight with Jamesy Gorman late last month could be an advantage.
“It’s definitely an advantage in terms of rounds, maybe not experience, but I’ve a lot more to give. People haven’t seen the best of me yet. Jake will definitely see that I have more to give on fight night. I’ll be there to fight, I’m more than ready.”
Hanney believes the fight is all but a done deal and, like most fighters, 24 year old Carroll is ready to trade leather.
However, he knows all too well, especially after his back and forth with Sean Creagh, that there are other factors to take into account. ‘Shortty’ hasn’t the final say on the matter, that go ahead can only be given by his coach and manager Tony Davitt.
“Me and Jake, who is a sound lad, just said we would fight. There is nothing on paper yet. I discussed it with Tony an he wants to make sure the offer is right. Nothing is agreed yet. I never really think twice about taking a fight, but all my decisions on what’s next are down to Tony. He has me on a path and knows where he’s going.”