They share a show but not a ring on June 25, but despite not fighting each other on ‘The Future’ card, Stephen Carroll and Sean Creagh are on a collision course.
And when the Dublin duo and former sparring partners do trade leather, Carroll is adamant he won’t be losing.
Carroll’s team were offered the fight June 25, but they think it makes sense for the fight to take place with a prize on the line.
‘Shorty’ is keen to point out it’s purely a decision made with the head, putting business and career before any immediate desire to part take in a profile-raising derby.
“I didn’t turn it down, they wanted us to fight on this show, but it’s better if I win with something at stake. We might as well wait for a title. We would rather fight for something that is just the way it is,” Carroll told Irish-boxing.com.
“If me and Sean get a few wins under the belt we can get it on for a title. I see that fight going my way, definitely. It would be a good fight and would come down who produced on the night, but I won’t be losing that one. Believe me there isn’t a chance I’d lose. “
The pair have been name dropping each other as often as possible of late and both have stressed with conviction their hand will be raised come the end of the clash.
However, in keeping with the ‘this is a business team’ Carroll, who was level going into the final 30 seconds of a clash with Ross Hickey the year the talented puncher won the Seniors, revealed the pair are friends and the desire to fight is purely to kick on their careers.
“We know each other well and have sparred, we won’t go into detail on that, but there is no bad blood. It’s a chance for both of us to get a high profile enough fight and the winner, which will be me, to kick on.”
Bar this occasions, where he wants to wait to fight Creagh, patience isn’t a virtue the Ballyfermot man has displayed since turning pro. He has been fight hungry and frustrated he has been open about his frustration at only having two fights since turning over since February of last year.
The lightweight, who already has a six rounder under his belt, believes the arrival of Ricky Hatton to Dublin and the emergence of FS Promotions will help get busier.
“I am delighted to be fighting as a pro in the stadium and to be back out to be honest. I haven’t fought since November. I am just dying to get going and keeping busy this year. With Ricky coming over that might be possible.”