Phibsboro boxer Thomas Carty talks November fight, Katie Taylor, and fighting in Dalymount Park

Phibsboro boxer Thomas Carty said that he is going into his November 25 fight with “a bigger fire burning now than ever before.”

Carty will fight on the undercard of the highly anticipated rematch of Katie Taylor Vs Chantelle Cameron in Dublin’s 3Arena.

Thomas ‘The Bomber’ Carty at the Cameron Taylor 2 Press Conference. Photo: Liam Murphy

Heavyweight star Thomas ‘The Bomber’ Carty has been announced as an undercard fighter on November’s rematch between Northampton’s undisputed light-welterweight champion Chantelle Cameron and Bray native, and Irish sporting legend, Katie Taylor, following Cameron’s win over Taylor earlier in the year.  

Speaking with The Liberty about November’s fight, Carty, who first started his boxing journey in Phibsboro boxing club, said that fighting for a second time in the 3Arena on a Katie Taylor undercard is a dream.

“I’m really looking forward to representing Dublin 7 on a global scale once again,” he said.

“Anyone that knows me knows I’m a very proud fella. I’m really proud of where I come from, and the area I grew up in, and the area I still live in.”

Thomas Carty

Carty is one of several Irish fighters on this jam-packed fight card, following the successful ‘Taylor V Cameron’ fight card back in May, which saw Ireland host its first major boxing event since 2016.

Carty also fought on this May card, where he defeated Glaswegian boxer Jay McFarlane, winning by an early knockout to secure his first title win.

“It was massive. It was my first test, and first big step up and I’ve gained a lot of confidence and grown as a fighter and as a person since then,” Carty said, remembering that night in May.

“I’m looking forward to relishing the moment even more now,” he said. “I’m very grateful to be fighting for a second time in the 3Arena on Katie Taylor’s undercard.”

Asked whether his training camp is any different this time around, Carty said “No. It’s the same Thomas, same style, and same attitude.”

“You could say upgraded skills and a lot more motivation,” he said. “There’s a bigger fire burning now than ever before. I’m looking forward to another devastating knockout.”

Thomas Carty (left) at the weigh-in back in May before his fight with Jay McFarlane (right). Photo: Liam Murphy

For many Irish boxers, fighting in the 3Arena once is something that they could only dream of, let alone twice in one year.

However, Carty still has one particular venue in mind for where he would like to defend his Celtic Heavyweight title – Dalymount Park, home of Bohemian Football Club.

Carty put out the feelers for this spectacle back in June, but his hopes for this iconic venue remain.

“It’d be a dream of mine to fight in Dalymount,” he said. “I think it’s more realistic now than it’s ever been.”

“I think the last person to fight there was Barry McGuigan,” Carty said. “So why not? It’s been there before, why can’t it happen again?”

“All the fans seem to want it, and anybody I speak to involved in Bohs wants it to happen. So, the sooner the better we can sort the logistics and get it on, I’m ready and waiting.”

Matchroom Boxing chairman and promotor Eddie Hearn said that November’s event will include more Irish fighters than the previous card, and said that he was excited to have Thomas Carty on board.

“There’s a lot more Irish fighters this time round,” Hearn said. “Last time was such a great atmosphere and the two main Irish fighters [Gary Cully and Katie Taylor] both got beat.”

“Irish boxing rests a little bit on Katie right now in terms of these big nights,” Hearn said.

“We’re now getting another chance. Thomas Carty is getting another chance. When we had Carty walk out last time – one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever seen for an undercard fight,” Hearn continued.

Matchroom Boxing chairman Eddie Hearn at the launch press conference of Cameron V Taylor 2. Photo: Liam Murphy

Tickets for November’s Super Lightweight Championship fight between Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron, with Carty fighting on the undercard, are on sale now, and are well on their way to selling out.

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