“Destined for the big stage” Jono Carroll plans for breakthrough moment


Jono Carroll‘s world title final eliminator was finally officially confirmed and the Dublin super featherweight is promising to be better than ever on December 8th.

‘King Kong’s’ IBF final eliminator versus Frenchman Guillaume Frenois was listed by the body last week for Saturday December 8th in Sheffield and the Matchroom show was officially announced this afternoon.

Carroll [16(3)-0] will head to the Sheffield Arena in Steel City for his clash with the French veteran and is predicting yet another career best performance.

The Marbella-based boxer has gone from strength to strength to strength in recent contests, edging Johnny Quigley before blasting Humberto De Santiago away and dominating Declan Geraghty.

Now just one win away from a mandatory shot at champion Tevin Farmer, Carroll can appreciate the scale of his journey.

The 26-year-old outlined how “back when I started my professional career, I was messing that I was going to do it [win a world title]. I love fighting but I wasn’t being paid well so I treated the game how it treated me and it wasn’t treating me well.”

“Now, I’m treated well and having regular fights and my man strength is there. I’m in the gym 24/7 so I’m constantly developing my muscles and trying new things. Every single fight you see a better Jono Carroll and this will be no different.”

“I won Prizefighter with Sky Sports so these fans already know me. I fought on a few of Eddie Hearn’s shows but I wasn’t big enough at the time. Then I got so big they had to sign me up!”

After a number of notable performances, Carroll sees his fight with Frenois [46(12)-1(0)], which will play out live on Sky Sports, as something of a breakthrough moment.

A win over the former European champion would lead to a world title fight with world champion and promotional stablemate Farmer as well as, potentially, unifications with some major names.

The charismatic pressure fighter stated that “I’m a superstar in Ireland and I’ve always been destined for the big stage.”

“After this, I don’t mind going over to America to take Farmer’s belt. Then ultimately, I’m looking to smash the head off Gervonta Davis in a unification fight.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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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