Jono Carroll [18(4)-1(0)-1] believes defeating Carl Frampton [27(15)-2(0)] will ensure he gets the credit he deserves in Ireland.
‘King Kong’ isn’t beating his chest as he double downs on a call out he made last month. There is no major rivalry and certainly no bad blood between the pair, rather the Dubliner has specific and logical reasons for wanting ‘The Jackal’s’ scalp.
Firstly the recent world title challenger and world ranked super featherweight feels under appreciated in Ireland.
The southpaw argues his achievements don’t get the credit they deserve and argues beating one of Ireland’s greatest and most popular will improve his wider standing.
“Everyone knows I have called for the Carl Frampton fight,” Carroll told Charlie Parson’s in an typically entertaining interview.
“The reason I’d love to fight him is because he is a superstar in Ireland and I don’t believe I’ve got the recognition I deserve in Ireland. Beating him would give me that credit and allow me to say ‘I told you motherfuckers I am the next big thing coming out of Ireland.’ “
Carroll and his coach also believe Frampton is THE greatest fighter ever to come out of Europe – and the former Prizefighter winner wants to earn that tag for himself.
“I don’t need credit, but at the same time I’d like to get it from the Irish people.
“I have nothing but love and respect for Carl and what he has achieved. I just feel that is by far the best boxer every to come out of Europe and that’s why I want to fight Carl.
“I want to be that person I want people to speak of me in that tone. I want to be the best to every come out Europe- and I will be.”
Reflecting more on the lack of credit perception Carroll suggests being the away fighter in his big fights hasn’t helped.
“I am not asking for the credit, I don’t even care what people say, but every time I fight in big fight… for example Scott Quigg was a Matchroom fighter, I wasn’t signed to Matchroom, so that is why the commentary was ‘oh he is washed up’ and this and that,” he adds.
“It was all more him and not about how spectacular I had been or how I made him look easy to beat. It wouldn’t have mattered if I fought him in his prime. It was the same when I fought Farmer, there were times when I was doing amazing in that farmer fight and they were complimenting him for catching me with one shot. It’s simply because he was the promoters fighter and I was brought in to be beat. That’s just the way the sport is.”
Considering both share the same management company the fight should be easy to make. Although Frampton looks on course to challenge for a world title at a third weight. After a summer tick over should trade leather with WBO super featherweight Jamel Herring.