After the pair both expressed their willingness to trade leather, Sean Creagh [3(1)-0] and Stephen ‘Shortty’ Carroll [2(0)-0] will both fight on the Hatton and FS Promotions show on June 25th in the National Stadium – however the Dublin duo will not face off in the ring.
That is not to say that a clash between the novice welterweight pair is off the tabIe.
Indeed while it was Ballyfermot brawler Carroll who first called for the fight, Tallaght’s Creagh feels it is he who wants the fight more, and suggested that his rival’s team are stalling.
Speaking yesterday to irish-boxing.com at the press conference to officially launch ‘The Future’ card, former white collar puncher Creagh argued that “I will fight ‘Shortty’ any time I don’t need a title to be on the line.”
“They want the fight to be for a title which makes some sense, but I would fight him on June 25th.”
Creagh, however, does not believe that his friend-cum-rival is avoiding a Dublin derby, noting that “he [Carroll] probably would be the same as me too.”
Detailing the negotiations, Creagh explained that “the first time I spoke to Frank (Stacey) he asked me if I would fight ‘Shortty’ on this show, I said yes straight away.”
“Frank rang and his team said they wanted it for a title instead.”
“I can see there is more money in that, but who am I to turn down a fight? I would fight him now.”
“It was offered to them and I don’t know if ‘Shortty’ himself turned it down, but the offer was turned down… maybe it was his team.”
Creaghsy is hopeful that a cross-city showdown, and a perfect small-hall scrap, can come to fruition by the end of the year and revealed that “it looks like we could fight for a Celtic [Warrior] Title next time out, or even the Irish title around Christmas.”
“I want a title by the end of this year. When me and Shortty fight I am going to win and then I will be a champion.”
“We both have a job to do on June 25th and we will talk more about it then.”