130-pound contender and former title challenger Jono Carroll is set to kick off MTK Global’s return to action on Wednesday, Aug. 12, headlining a card in the UK against Maxi Hughes, which will stream live in the United States on ESPN+.
The 28-year-old Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KO) is coming off of probably his best career performance and biggest win, a stoppage over Scott Quigg on Mar. 7. Hughes (20-5-2, 4 KO) frankly doesn’t present on paper as a big challenge, but Carroll knows better than to overlook what is meant to be a tune-up.
“Every fight is like snakes and ladders, so it’s very important I treat them all as a world title fight,” he said. “I want to go in there and put on a good display that makes a statement, and show that I’m still learning and improving in every bout.”
Like every fighter, Carroll has to be asked about fighting without fans in attendance, and like most, he’s saying he doesn’t see it as a big deal.
“It’s going to just be me and him in the ring, so I don’t see it being that different with no fans. I have tunnel vision when I fight and I don’t hear the crowd, I only hear my coach Albert’s voice,” he said.
“There’s going to be some strange aspects for sure, but it won’t bother me. I usually feed off the energy of the crowd during the ring walk so it takes that excitement away, but I’m there to do a job and I’m going to take care of it.”