Boxing: Cabra star highlight on undercard

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Thomas Carty has thanked Katie Taylor for making his dream come true.

The Dublin heavyweight fights at home for the first time as a professional this coming Saturday.

Carty doesn’t come home in just any fight, or on any card, rather his capital bow plays out in the massive Katie Taylor homecoming card at the 3Arena

Not only that, the Celtic Warrior Gym fighter is involved in one of the more anticipated fights on the undercard, as he trades leather with Jay McFarlane for the BUI Celtic heavyweight title on the DAZN broadcast card.

It’s a massive moment for the Irish title hopeful and one that doesn’t happen but for the Irish Icon he argues.

“Without Katie this doesn’t happen,” says Carty before suggesting the whole boxing world owes her a debt of gratitude.

“Without Katie women’s boxing isn’t where it is right now and without Katie Irish boxing isn’t where it is right now. That’s a fact, she is a pioneer and it’s hard to put into words all she has done.”

Carty is grateful to be part of history and the Irish sporting greats’ first fight at home but his gratitude extends further.

The Irish Boxing Awards Irish Prospect of the Year has always been business side of the sport aware and knows such an appearance will greatly enhance his profile. In fact, he believes it could help him achieve his ambition of becoming a Dublin headline act.

“I might be a bit biased but I think this is the biggest sporting event we’ve ever had in this country. This is what we dream of, it’s madness. I think only hardcore boxing fans only understand how big this actually is.

“It’s massive for me, massive for me in the country, massive for me globally, it’s huge for my career. I think this helps me become a headliner in Dublin. I like to think that in the not-too-distant future I’ll be headlining the 3Arena.”

Elsewhere, Bernard Dunne helped India to create history last week.

The former world champion led the country to a record-breaking medal haul at the IBA Men’s World Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

India came away from the tournament with three medals for the first time in history with Deepak Bhoria (51kg), Hussamuddin (57kg), and Nishant Dev (71kg) all reaching the podium.

The success came in the country’s first major male tournament since the Dubliner took the reigns as High-Performance Director and more than justified some big Dunne calls.

Dunne scraped the long-standing trail system the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had previously in place before the Women’s Boxing World Championships, leaving the former Irish High-Performance Director and Spartacus BC founder Dmitry ‘Dima’ Dmitruk to select who they was best equipped to compete at this tournament.

One decision that raised eyebrows was the selection of Deepak Bhoria over 2019 World Championships medal winner Amit Panghal – but it was a decision proved correct by the fact Bhoria won a bronze medal at 51kg.

Clondalkin native, Dunne was confirmed as as High-Performance Director of the Boxing Federation of India in October of last year after stepping down from his role with the IABA in May of the same year.

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