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.