Tasty pro offers continue to roll in – but Thomas Carty aiming to emulate Anthony Joshua


2017 didn’t get off to the best of starts for Thomas Carty but the Dublin big man has started down a path that, he believes, will lead to redemption in November.

The two-time Elite Senior runner-up was eliminated in the opening round of the Irish championships in February, losing out to Dean Gardiner at the National Stadium.

Carty, however, has taken this defeat well and scored a good win over the South African champion Bryce Mathewson last month and is now aiming to emulate Anthony Joshua this Summer before finally claiming his first Elite Senior title in November.

“I didn’t get to show how good I was in the Seniors,” Carty explained to Irish-Boxing.com.

“I had the wrong gameplan for the Seniors. I’d prepared properly, I just got it wrong on the night.”

“I’ve gotten a lot physically stronger, I’m outmanning people now but, Dean Gardiner, fair play to him, he’s a monster. He outmanned me.”

“I should have boxed him. I’m ten times more skilled than the whole lot of them.”

The Phibsboro fighter remains confident. However, it’s more than just bombastic flash or a facade for insecurity.

“I should be Senior champion at least once by now,” he admits. “I’m not, but I’ll prove myself, big time.”

“It doesn’t faze me at all, I know how good I am and technically I’m better than any super heavyweight in Ireland.”

“I’m happy with my progress, in the last twelve months I’ve really stepped it up, and I’m sick that I didn’t get to show it in the Seniors.”

“I had a fight in South Africa, he was a good fella and I gave him three counts. He came out swinging, was a big puncher, he was a three-time South African champion.

“I boxed really well, I’m very impressed with my boxing at the moment. ”

A young, charismatic, heavy-handed, southpaw, Carty has flirted – and continues to do so – with the idea of turning professional.

“I’m 22 at the moment and I’ve offers for going pro that you wouldn’t believe,” he revealed.

“There’s a couple of tasty ones but I don’t really want to turn over yet. “I won’t fully mature as a heavyweight until after 25. There’s not many young super heavyweights that do well.”

The Northsider though has a plan in the vest for the next while, and outlined how “I’m going to the Haringey in June and I always said to myself that I want to win the Haringey super heavyweight elites because Anthony Joshua won it before, lots of big names have won it before.”

“Apart from Haringey, I’m not really sure but all roads lead to November. I’ll be a force to be reckoned with come November.”

“It’s a case of going out, putting a gameplan into play, ticking all these lads off the list, collect the Senior title, and then the road to Tokyo begins.”

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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