A late change of opponent did not affect Stephen ‘Shortty’ Carroll tonight at the National Stadium.
The Ballyfermot light welterweight took on the experienced Tamas Laska on the FS Promotions/Hatton Promotions ‘The Future’ card and emerged victorious on points (40:36) over four rounds.
24 year old Carroll tested the Hungarian early getting into range and showing good variation between head and body. Laska landed a fair few in return of his own, but was being overwhelmed and hurt by the non-stop style of the Dubliner.
The second saw Carroll take a more considered approach, throwing more straight shots, and both boxers indulged in a bit of showmanship towards the end of the round.
The Dubliner forced the action in the third, chasing Laska and keeping the arms pumping as he searched for a first knockout win.
Carroll had Laska ready to go in the final round but couldn’t pin down the Magyar journeyman to land the final telling blow – although he did have time to stop and smile for the fight photographer Ricardo Guglielminotti’s camera.
The win sees Carroll improve his record to 3(0)-0, while Laska falls to 9(4)-9(3)-1.