Tommy Carter states desire to face Jay Byrne next

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Following his fight on Saturday night Jay Byrne [2(1)-0] told of his desire to move into big fights in the new year, preferably with some of his domestic rivals.

The 30 year old does not want to hang around and stressed his urge to progress following the four-round points win over Liam Griffiths.

Byrne’s admirable ‘move quickly’ mantra has attracted the attention of another novice pro of a similar ilk, who has now put his name forward to face the Loughlinstown man in his next bout.

Tommy ‘Irish’ Carter [1(0)-3(1)] from Tideswell in Derbyshire, but whose father hails from Drogheda, wants to be the opponent for Byrne’s next bout.

Carter told that “I’m not one for calling people out but I want these kind of fights. I respect Jay and would love to share a ring with him.”

While he would prefer to face the footballing fighter over six rounds, he is open to a four round bout.

The 21 year old watched back Byrne’s contest from Saturday and described how it “looks like he was frustrated with Liam [Griffiths]. I’m good friends with Liam and I know how awkward he can be and he can manipulate a fight.”

“There were a lot of wild shots throw which I think were thrown because of frustration. Not a great deal of clean work.”

“I like how Byrne comes forward and his head movement is spot on, I just think there are a few too many cracks that could be exposed.”

Carter has stayed active since his debut during the Summer, fighting as both the ‘home’ and the ‘away’ fighter and has two further bouts scheduled – facing Ryan Kelly on the Matchroom ‘Bragging Rights’ show in Birmingham before a return to a Kieran Farrell-promoted card in November.

Intensely proud of his Irish roots, Carter has eventual Irish title ambitions and has previously spoke of his desire to fight in Ireland – an opportunity that a bout with Byrne would provide.

Joe O'Neill

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