The New Thomas Carty has learnt from past mistakes – “It won’t happen this year”


Thomas Carty will admit himself that, in the past, he has talked the talk without necessarily walking the walk.

When he burst onto the scene in late 2015 he promised to stop Dean Gardiner in the Elite Senior final, but was outworked by the experienced Tipp man.

Earlier this year then he reached his second successive Senior final and noted beforehand that he had to merely show up to defeat Martin Keenan. Again he was outworked and lost out.

However since then, the Glasnevin BC super heavyweight has developed as a fighter and as a man, and returns to the grindstone wanting to let his boxing do the talking.

Since his loss to Keenan, Carty has gone on to captain Ireland at the Under 22s and turned down tentative advances from the pro game as he looks finally fulfill his potential in the vest.

Following the summer break, Carty got back into action at the weekend on the Glasnevin club show at the Ringside Club. Here the 22 year old defeated Crumlin’s John McDonald and he believes it is the start of a new era for him.

Carty told Irish-Boxing.com that “I felt rusty enough, John’s a top class operator, I’ve nothing but respect for John. I grew up boxing against the man and he’s getting closer every time.

“I don’t know what it is, but it’s after clicking. Tonight is the first day of a new Thomas Carty. I said it last year, but I didn’t know what I was talking about. Tonight’s the night, and it’s all up from here, big time.”

“I’ve showed that I’ve more levels to go up. There’s no more getting experience at Senior level. I’m one of the top lads here.”

The youthful errors of his past wont reoccur and Carty goes into the new season a more humble fighter.

The Phibsboro big man explained how “losing to Martin Keenan broke my heart, and that’s the difference now for this year, I’ve more desire.”

“I’ve always had top class coaches like Zaur [Antia] and Jimmy [Halpin] building me up, saying how good I am, but I’ve let myself down an awful lot of the time.”

“It’ll be a good year this year, it’s a level playing field. Any super heavyweight thinking they’ve an easy fight, they can think again.”

“Big congrats to Dean Gardiner, he’s getting better. I thought I had him. Two years ago when I boxed him in the Senior final I thought ‘right, that’s it, that’s his last night’ – but he’s not finished yet and I know that.”

“I needn’t overlook anyone ever again. I overlooked Martin Keenan and looked what happened. It won’t happen this year.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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