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Super-lightweight, 8 Rounds
CRAIG MACINTYRE (10st 3lbs 10oz) vs. ISHMAEL ELLIS (10st 1lb 11oz)
Super-lightweight, 6 Rounds
PIERCE O’LEARY (10st 2lbs 5oz) vs. JACOB QUINN (10st 1lb 12oz)
WBC Youth Welterweight Title, 8 Rounds
SAHIR IQBAL (10st 7lbs) vs. MAREDUDD THOMAS (10st 6lbs 15oz)
Super-lightweight, 10 Rounds
SEAN MCCOMB (9st 13lbs 14oz) vs. SIAR OZGUL (10st 4oz)
Bout 5: Main Event
Lightweight, 10 Rounds
JONO CARROLL (9st 11lbs 12oz) vs. MAXI HUGHES (9st 9lbs 5oz)
Dublin hero Jono Carroll isn’t taking Maxi Hughes lightly ahead of their highly-anticipated showdown – with ‘Kong Kong’ revealing he is treating their bout as a world title fight.
Recent world title challenger Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) takes on Hughes (20-5-2, 4 KOs) in the main event of a massive #MTKFightNight at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 12, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.
A victory in that fight could pave the way for another crack at world honors for Carroll, but he insists he’ll already be visualizing that scenario when he steps into the ring with Hughes.
Carroll said: “Every fight is like snakes and ladders, so it’s very important I treat them all as a world title fight. I want to go in there and put on a good display that makes a statement and shows that I’m still learning and improving in every bout.
“It’s going to just be me and him in the ring, so I don’t see it being that different with no fans. I have tunnel vision when I fight and I don’t hear the crowd, I only hear my coach Albert’s voice.
“There’s going to be some strange aspects for sure, but it won’t bother me. I usually feed off the energy of the crowd during the ring walk so it takes that excitement away, but I’m here to do a job and I’m going to take care of it.”
Hughes: Beating Carroll makes me a star
Maxi Hughes knows just how much is riding on his showdown with Jono Carroll next week – admitting that a victory could catapult him into boxing stardom.
Hughes (20-5-2, 4 KOs) faces recent world title challenger Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs) in the main event of a massive #MTKFightNight at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 12, live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV.
Carroll is in fantastic form heading into the bout, following his superb victory over Scott Quigg in March, but Hughes plans to derail that momentum and become a big name in his own right when they meet next Wednesday.
Hughes said: “Winning this fight will raise my profile and put me in a good position. After this I’d like the big fights to keep coming my way as well as the titles.
“I’m more than happy to travel to fight, and I’ve always wanted to fight abroad, so that would be nice if I win this fight. It’s a shame it is behind closed doors because I know all of my fans would have loved to come to watch this, but as soon as I get in the ring I’ll be focused.
“The ring walk will probably feel very strange at first, but once we’re fighting it’s going to just be like sparring in the gym, and we’ve all done that plenty of times.”
Carroll vs. Hughes is part of a huge show on August 12, which also features Sean McComb taking on Siar Ozgul, Craig MacIntyre going up against Darren Surtees, Sahir Iqbal and Maredudd Thomas clashing for the WBC Youth title, and the return of Pierce O’Leary.
It kicks off a brilliant run of #MTKFightNight events throughout the summer, with the likes of Lewis Crocker, Lee McGregor, Gary Cully, Akeem Ennis Brown, Dan Azeez and more all in action over the coming months.
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