Undefeated super-featherweight Jono Carroll has admitted his performance against Declan Geraghty could not have gone much better.
The Dublin star, who had to be pulled apart from the fellow Irishman at the weigh-in after a furious bust-up, set a blistering pace from the start to win the IBF Intercontinental belt, producing a TKO in round nine.
After his fourth bout in Belfast, Carroll said he has found his comforts in the Northern Ireland capital.
Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, Carroll said: “The fans from Belfast are unbelievable. They get behind the boxers and it’s a real fighting community, everybody knows everybody.
“Even when you’re walking down the road and getting a bit of lunch – the amount of people who come over and ask for a photo or speak to you. People in Belfast know their boxing.
“It’s the first time it hit me hard about Belfast, it was the fourth time I’d fought there and all the kids were asking for photos, everyone was turning up to the weigh-ins and press-conferences. It feels weird with all the support I’m getting, it’s insane but I’m just trying to grind and achieve my dream of becoming world champion.”
On the fight itself, which was a gruelling one to watch nevermind participate in, he added: “I actually watched it back the other day for the first time on my own and we executed the game plan (against Geraghty) and apart from the fourth round everything went according to plan.”
The fan-favourite is now targeting a world title showdown by the end of the year and has insisted he fears no champion.
“I want to be with the best of the best. I’m looking at Vasyl Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis, I want my standard to be up to their standard.
“I’m not looking to be fighting Lomachenko tomorrow but I’m looking at how I beat the likes of him.
“I know I’m going to be world champion, it’s only a matter of time but I don’t want to be a splash in the pan, once I become world champion I want to wrap every title up.”
Asked if Gervonta Davies was someone on his radar in the not-too-distant future, the charismatic 26-year-old was more than keen to begin negotiations if he received an offer.
Carroll’s an admirer of the American but is confident of causing an upset to Floyd Mayweather’s golden boy.
“I like him to be honest, he’s a big puncher and is exciting. You have to respect what he’s done and what he grew up in, he’s an inspiration,” Jono said.
“For him to be under the Mayweather Promotions and making all that money, you have to take your hat off to him. At the same time, I see a lot of chinks in his armour that can be exposed.
“He’s a show-off and believes in his own hype a little too much. It’s a fight I’d definitely be interested in,” concluded Carroll.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95