Kicking off MTK’s exciting trio of fight night events, Jono Carroll will be looking to continue the momentum he gained with his March stoppage of Scott Quigg as he takes on the tough Maxi Hughes on Wednesday night.
Underlining just how important he believes momentum is in boxing, Carroll recently emphasised he is treating every fight as a world title clash. However, following up his win over Quigg by defeating Hughes, Carroll may well be on the verge of another shot at world honours.
Speaking to MTK in the buildup to the battle, Carroll detailed: “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 show 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 there to do a job and I’m going to take care of it.”
Having lost two of his last four, the stakes are high for Hughes who will see the bout as a significant opportunity for a career resurgence and snatch the momentum of his charismatic Irish counterpart.
In a recent interview with MTK, Hughes stated: “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.”
The pair both bring exciting styles and the clash should make for an engaging battle between two fighters looking to propel themselves onto the next level.
The undercard sees a battle of unbeaten charges, as Bolton’s Sahir Iqbal takes on Maredudd Thomas over eight rounds.
For purists, the fight is deeply alluring as it presents to well-schooled prospects laying it all on the line, in what promises to be a competitive affair. The fight marks a step up for both and will potentially provide a test of their credentials to excel to the next level in the sport.
The card also plays host to what promises to be a lively super-lightweight battle between southpaw Sean McComb and Turkey’s Siar Ozgul.
Ozgul represents another test for McComb, as he looks to continue a stellar run that has seen him defeat Emiliano Dominguez Rodriguez and Mauro Maximiliano Godoy.
Undefeated Scotsman, Craig MacIntyre also gets a step up when he takes on well-regarded Birmingham fighter Ishmael Ellis over eight rounds at super-lightweight.
Completing the card is a potential fight of the night candidate between Huddersfield’s Jacob Quinn and Dublin’s Pierce O’Leary, both of whom are undefeated in four contests and have been tipped for a big future in the paid ranks.