REIGNING Australian super middleweight champion Jake Carr wants to make his mark on his division.
Unlike some fighters, Carr will fight anyone, anywhere and will even travel interstate to prove he is the one fastest rising prospects the country has to offer.
Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) was supposed to defend his national strap in a potentially mouth-watering scrap against unbeaten Indigenous prospect Renold Quinlan (8-0, 4 KOs) in a fight that would’ve quite possibly stolen the show.
Their ten-round fight was set to be the feature attraction on October 24th on the loaded Brisbane promoted by Thornberry Promotions, on a card headlined by the highly anticipated return of Alex Leapai, who was scheduled to face enigmatic American Malik Scott live on Main Event pay-per-view, before Leapai injured his ankle earlier in the week.
While no new date has been confirmed, it appears likely that Carr will now face Quinlan on December 3rd on the stacked undercard of Daniel Geale vs. Jarrod Fletcher from the Hordern Pavilion.
The fight between Carr, 23, and Quinlan, 25, was originally scheduled for August 15th in Melbourne, however, the fight was scrapped when Carr made the decision to part ways from the event promoter Barry Michael – who up until the Quinlan fight – had managed Carr for the entirety of his professional career.
Despite the fight cancellation of their original fight and postponement of their rescheduled fight, Carr insists that he has bettered his preparation for the looming clash with Quinlan, having started his camp in the US with Daniel Geale, where he helped the former middleweight champion prepare for his ill-fated fight with Gennady Golovkin.
“At first I was frustrated and disappointed that I wasn’t fighting on Quinlan on August 15th, because I couldn’t have been more prepared to fight.” said Carr in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.
“We quickly adjusted our training camp and come fight night, I will be ready for anything.”
“Travelling with Daniel Geale to the US was an awesome experience,” Carr continued. “To be alongside a former unified world champion and to able to see how he prepares for what was a huge fight was priceless, not to mention the awesome rounds of sparring and training we did over there.”
The fight against Quinlan will also mark the beginning of a working relationship between Carr’s team and Grange Old School Boxing, who have linked up with the talented prospect in an advisory role.
“We approached Garrie Fransisco and Bill Treacy from Grange Old School Boxing – who manage Geale – for guidance on our future fights,” he said. “We trust these guys will put us in the right fights and help us out as much as they can and they have been great thus far,”
“As well as them, it always has been my dad who will also have a say in the decisions we make as a team.”
Carr will be looking to better on his near flawless performance last time out, where he schooled the big-punching Dane Mulivai in a ten-round shutout in June.
“I’ve continued to improve with every opponent I’ve fought and I believe that I have shown that I can adjust to different styles,” Carr explained. “There are still a handful of Aussie fighters on our list.”
The Newport-based product believes that his decision to continually seek out the hardest fights available will continue to work in his favour.
“We haven’t gone in the direction of a padded record and I’m looking forward to getting another tough fight under my belt.”
“At the moment, all I am thinking about is fighting on the Renold Quinlan and keeping my Aussie title, I trust that my management will organize the rest of my plans in the near future.”
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