Stephen ‘Shorty’ Carroll got his pro career off to a winning start in the Red Cow on Friday night.
A big bright florescent earring, sported come weigh in time, had one particular old school boxing fan questioning whether or not Carroll had fighting spirit on Thursday afternoon.
The Dubliner certainly proved him wrong, he didn’t have everything his own way early on against an awkward foe, but displayed a desire to battle and fight- and eventually registered an impressive win 39-37.
Indeed, the debut fighter came close to stopping Ladislav Nemath late in the bout, but the away fighter made it to the final bell in what was a good learning fight for the man they call ‘Shorty’.
‘Shorty’ seemed big shot hungry from the off, it was clear to see why when he did land, but when he earned the right to throw he looked better in what was a tricky enough round.
Nemath did his best to ensure it wasn’t a welcome introduction to pro game for Carroll, landed some shots of his own and wasn’t working of the journey man hand book.
The debutante wasn’t as tight in the second stanza and started brightly, but Nemath landed some looping shots in the second half of the round, cutting Carroll and doing enough to worry the home support.
Their was no need to fret, however, come the third Carroll found his range and started to impress. He clattered leather off his opponents head with increased regularity. The over hand right was a feature of the stanza and with a little more experience Carroll could have applied the kind of pressure that would have forced the referee to call a halt to proceedings.
Indeed in the fourth left hooks and big right hands had Nemath wanting out, but Carroll was enjoying himself by this stage and wanted to prolong the torture. He stepped off once or twice just as Emile Teidt was about to step in-and as it was the referee’s scorecard decided the outcome in another entertaining small hall show clash.