In just two professional fights Stephen Carroll [2(0)-0] has carved out a name for himself as one of Ireland’s most crowd-pleasing fighters, and the Ballyfermot welterweight is planning for more of the same on Saturday night at the National Stadium.
Indeed the 24 year old hopes to show the co-promoters of the card, Hatton Promotions, what they are missing out on. The Dubliner spent time over in the Hatton gym last year but ultimately was not signed.
Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com, Carroll explained how “people always say I’m an exciting fighter so it will be good to let Hatton see what I have as he didn’t get to see much of me during the trial.
“He will like my style an how I get the crowed goin so he should be happy with me on the night.”
While Saturday scrap represents ‘Shortty’s’ first as a professional at the home of Irish boxing, Carroll notes that “it’s more or less like being back at home.”
“I won the Under-21 all-Irelands there, fought in the final of the Inters with Adam Nolan, and the quarters of the Seniors with Ross Hickey, and many more great nights.”
It’s been a frustrating past few months for Carroll who has not fought since last November and he admits that he’s “over the moon to be back fighting, it’s been a long wait, I’ve trained since November.”
Shortty describes the lay-off as being “a nightmare.”
“Boxing’s all I know and all I do. I talk boxing, breath boxing, even my little girl talks everyday about it with me, and the little fella is always shadow-boxing”
Manning the opposition corner on Saturday night will be Jevgenijs Kravcuks [1(1)-1(0)] of Latvia, and Carroll is not taking anything for granted, and said “no predictions until the night when I know what he’s like”
“From what I have heard he’s a strong come-forward fighter.”
“I haven’t seen him, but whatever he has, me and Tony [Davitt] have a plan.”
An intriuiging facet to Saturday night will be the comparison of the performances of Carroll and his fellow Dublin prospect Sean Creagh. The pair look set to meet towards the end of the year, and Carroll admits that he will being paying attention to the Tallaght fighter’s clash with Gyula Tallosi both as a friend and a future foe
“I’ll take a look at Sean, show my support, and see how he performs on the night.”
Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish).