The past year didn’t get off to the greatest of starts for Dublin light welter Stephen Carroll [5(1)-0], however he would recover well and is now planning to beef up his record in 2017.
Last year began with ‘Shortty’ coming home from an unsuccessful trial with Hatton Boxing and, with the general lack of shows in Dublin, the fan-friendly fighter spent the first half of the year inactive.
The second half to the year however was the complete opposite, with Carroll winning thrice, including a career-best performance against Jamesy Gorman in Belfast to claim the Celtic Nations title.
Reflecting on the past year, Carroll told Irish-Boxing.com that “2016 wasn’t too bad, but at the start it was a nightmare. I was just back on track after the Hatton trial and sorting things with Tony [Davitt, manager and trainer] then all the shows stopped. It was very frustrating time but I kicked back off and I got myself a belt by the end of the year which made up for it.”
Now the Ballyfermot boxer want an extremely busy 2017 to put himself in contention for further titles. One date has already been secured, with the 24 year old due to fight on a Prospect Boxing show in Scotland on March 3rd, the first of potentially many trips across the Irish Sea to quickly build his record.
Outlining the blueprint, Carroll described how “my plans for me and Tony is to work my way up to 10-0 before we look for a crack at the Irish title. I hope to be 10-0 before the end of the year. Maybe even a shot at the Irish title fight could happen before the end of year.”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)
Joe O’Neill and Gavan Casey look ahead to 2017 in episode 1 of The Irish Boxing Show