Jono Carroll insists he will not bank on being the more physical fighter when he takes on Guillaume Frenois in Saturday’s world title final eliminator.
‘King Kong’ Carroll (16-0-KO3) heads to Sheffield to take on the Frenchman (46-1-KO12) – live on Sky Sports – with a shot at IBF world super-featherweight king Tevin Farmer the prize on offer.
While the 26-year-old nine years Frenois’ junior, some have tipped Carroll to come out and try to overwhelm his opponent – but the Irishman is determined not to get carried away by early success.
Carroll said: “Youth means nothing in the boxing world but experience does. I know I need to be smart with this guy and I’m not looking past him at all. He’s very experienced.
“If you look at when Floyd Mayweather fought Canelo, youth didn’t help there at all so I don’t want to rely on anything like that. I want to use my head in this fight and not come out broken up as usual!
“There will be times I try and seek and destroy in order to get him out of there but I will be smart while I’m doing that.
“I’ve never been to Sheffield but I know it has a great history of boxing so I’m sure the fans will be passionate. I’m looking forward to that atmosphere.”
Carroll was in ruthless form last time out – stopping MTK Global team-mate Declan Geraghty at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
Sam Maxwell is out to make some noise on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton undercard in order to set up high-profile clashes in 2019.
The former Team GB star has already made serene progress to 9-0-KO7 and having already faced the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko as an amateur, Maxwell is ready for illustrious names in the paid ranks.
Maxwell said: “I’ve got a step up on December 22. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt in my career. I’m looking to put on a performance.
“There are loads of big fights out there for me in 2019. I’ll be watching Darragh Foley vs. Akeem Ennis Brown closely. I’d love to fight the winner of that.
“There are a number of fighters out there so I’m looking to call some people out and get those fights on for next year.
“Both Tyrone McKenna and I want to give Ohara Davies a hiding. It’s a fight a lot of people would be interested in. I’d look forward to that kind of challenge but Tyrone wants him too. Hopefully we can both fight him.
“I just want to be in big fights. I see these fights on TV. People say how good the fight is. I want to be in those kind of fights where you have to use all your willpower to come through.”
Maxwell stars on a huge BT Sport Box Office bill alongside MTK Global team-mates Frampton, Liam Williams, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Steven Ward.
World-ranked super-lightweight Josh Taylor and two-weight world champion Paul Weir both expressed enthusiasm over the future of Scottish boxing at the weekend’s MTK Global show.
Taylor and Weir attended the event at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena – broadcast live on BoxNation – and hailed the resurgence of the sport in a nation that has also produced champions such as Ken Buchanan, Jim Watt and Scott Harrison.
Taylor said: “I was at the last show MTK Global had here and this one is already double busy long before the main events. The atmosphere is great so it looks like the future is good.
“Scottish boxing is in a real good place. There are shows all over the country so boxers are getting out. Before, Scottish boxers were on the shelf and having to go down south.
“All these lads boxing on this show are good friends of mine. We all grew up together and went through the amateur system together.
“I think Reece McFadden will do very well. If he knuckles down and concentrates then I think he can go very far. He’s a great wee fighter.”
Weir, who won minimumweight and light-flyweight titles in the 1990s, was also ringside and added: “I think Scottish boxing is in a good state and with MTK Global bringing in television, it can only be good for the guys.
“There’s huge passion for boxing in Scotland. The fans get behind the fighters and I’d imagine the cards go on, it’ll have to be in bigger venues.
“I saw Reece fight Andrew Selby in the Commonwealth Games when he won and I thought he’s fantastic. He’s got great potential and with his management and training, I imagine he’ll be fast-tracked.”
A sensational night of action on the night saw Kash Farooq retain the British bantamweight title against Iain Butcher, Tyrone McKenna edge Lewis Benson in a thrilled, Kieran Smith win the WBC International Silver super-welterweight crown and several other MTK Global stars shine.