Stephen Carroll makes Shortt work of late replacement at National Stadium

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.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie