After the Eddie Hyland and Tommy McCormack-trained puncher revealed a desire to fight in an all-Irish clash in recent weeks, 21 year old Tommy Carter would throw his hat into the ring.
Byrne, who has secured a television fight date on the undercard of Christina McMahon’s World title challenge at the National Stadium on December 3rd, is confident he could clip the wings of one of our ‘Wild Geese.’ However, he explained that while he was initially up for the challenge, he is worried it’s a scrap that might not make sense from a business point of view.
“I seen Carter called me out and I said ‘yes’ straight away, as let’s be honest, if I cant beat a guy who has one win and three losses then whats the point setting of setting goals?” Byrne told Irish-Boxing.com.
“However, there are couple of issues around me fighting him. Firstly the fight doesn’t sell well at all. It looks like I am fighting an easy opponent and if I win people say ‘well obviously. he beat a fella with a shit record.'”
“Secondly he is a middleweight and I’ll be fighting at 68kg or so for this one as I want to be campaigning at welterweight. Then there is the fact we’d have to pay for him to come and fight which doesn’t make sense as he is the one that called me out publicly.”
Carter, who looks set to face Ryan Kelly in an eight-round rematch on December 15th. doesn’t seem an likely opponent for the December 3rd card – but the Enniskerry FC football manager is ready for a step up in both round and level.
The Loughlinstown ticket seller will do six rounds for the first time and wants an opponent to match the progression in rounds.
“I’m stepping up to six rounds for this one and I have asked for someone with a good record. The lads have agreed to sort that for me. The last fight I felt I let myself down. I got frustrated and the boxing went out the window, but that was a good learning curve.”
The 30 year old has the luxury of fighting on free-to-air TV in just his third pro fight, and while he is excited, he claims it won’t change his approach in any way.
“I’m looking to bring a massive following to the stadium so TEAM JB can be seen all over TV while I put on a good display,” he continued.
“If I am honest the TV side of it is just a great way to get exposure, but I will be the same and prepare as always. I will give 100% in the gym. It is exciting that I am actually going to get to perform on TV and show people that I am serious about what I am doing.”
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