It’s not quite reached Dillian Whyte v Dereçk Chisora levels yet, but a back and forth between friends ready to become ring enemies has started.
Dublin light welters Jake ‘The Wizard’ Hanney and Stephen ‘Shortty’ Carroll won’t reach the table-throwing levels of animosity shown by the heavyweight duo, but just days after a possible BUI Celtic Warrior title fight has been mooted for Spring of 2017 the verbal sparring has already begun.
Earlier in the week Ballyfermot’s Carroll [5(1)-0] indicated his high-end amateur experience would stand to him in a fight that has been agreed in principle between to the pair, but has yet to be officially signed.
East Wall’s Hanney [5(4)-0] wasn’t too impressed and was quick to highlight his achievements in the vest. He also suggested that by indicating the decision is up to his manager, Carroll was looking for a ‘way out.;
“I think he is already looking for a way out,” Hanney told Irish-boxing.com.
“It’s an easy night’s work for me, believe that,” he added before discussing his amateur pedigree, which he stressed Carroll’s coach, Tony Davitt, knows all about.
“Look I had 130 amateur fights and won 122, leading to six Irish titles and four Four Nations. I captained the Irish team from Youths through to Juniors. I don’t know how many Multi Nations I fought in. I fought in a serious amount if single Internationals too.
“Tony Davitt knows me well and what I did as an amateur. Over the years he held the Irish teams training in his club, plus he was on some International trips!”
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