While Matchroom are yet to confirm, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) have today listed that ‘King Kong’s’ world title final eliminator with Frenchman Guillaume Frenois [46(12)-1(0)] will play out on the undercard of Kell Brook’s return to Sheffield in the first week of December.
The winner of the IBF super featherweight eliminator will be next in line for Tevin Farmer [27(6)-4(2)-1] and his world strap.
Having successfully defended his title for the first time in a voluntary against Belfast’s James Tennyson in earlier this month in Boston, the reigning champion took to social media to declare he was ready and willing to ‘allow’ Carroll forego the eliminator.
‘The American Idol’ wanted the Dubliner before the turn of the year, on the DAZN blockbuster show in New York on December 15th, but the eliminator had been ordered and a deal between Carroll and his French foe had already been struck.
So, to secure a mandatory tilt at the champion and Matchroom stablemate, Carroll will have to defeat the former European champion and he will be handed the chance to do just that on what looks set to be another big weekend for Irish boxing.
With cards in Mayo and Belfast on the day beforehand, attentions will then turn to Steel City and the undercard of Kell Brook’s clash with Aussie Michael Zerafa.
Carroll, who started back sparring today in his training camp in Marbella, faces a tricky opponent in veteran Frenois.
The 35-year-old has held the French, EU, and European titles over the years and he and his team are dead-set on working their way into a title shot – as evidenced by there refusal to even consider the possibility of stepping aside to facilitae a Farmer-Carroll Clash.
Frenois, who had previously been linked with Anto Cacace, has been ticking over in keep-busy fights following his final defence of his European title last year versus recent Marco McCullough opponent and Carl Frampton sparring partner Ruddy Encarnacion.
‘King Kong’ Carroll has roared into title contention over the last year – first winning the IBF Inter-Continental rankings belt via stoppage over Mexican Humberto De Santiago last October before defending the strap with a dominant rematch win over Declan Geraghty last time out.
Should he achieve victory on the Sky Sports-broadcast bill in just under six weeks time, Carroll would move into pole position for a massive Farmer clash and, considering his Matchroom stablemate is more than keen, an early 2019 meeting would be nailed on.