Peo­ple see me as the wee fat joker from Glas­gow

Evening Times - - BOXING -

mov­ing up to heavy­weight.

This evening, he has a huge op­por­tu­nity – big­ger even than Madi­son Square Gar­den in his eyes – when he takes part in Ul­ti­mate Boxxer, which will see eight fight­ers bat­tle it out in Manch­ester for a £16,000 prize.

“I know ev­ery per­son on that ros­ter sees me as the un­der­dog but I don’t see my­self as that,” said Car­ri­gan-McFarlane, who is the youngest of the fight­ers. “On box­ing abil­ity, I’m the best in the tour­na­ment but my lack of discipline and lack of fit­ness is what puts me on a par with these guys.

“I fancy my chances. I’ve been drawn against the sec­ond favourite [the un­beaten English­man, Mark Ben­nett], but that doesn’t faze me one bit. I have zero pres­sure. As soon as the bell to end the first round goes, he’ll start to panic I think be­cause he’ll then re­alise what he’s fac­ing.

“Peo­ple see me as the wee fat joker from Glas­gow who’s just com­ing for a laugh – which I am – but I’m also there to fight. And it’s go­ing to be a shock to him when he re­alises what he’s up against.”

Car­ri­gan-McFarlane – who is man­aged by Sam Kynoch – has tal­ent, but he ad­mits his work ethic can let him down. For a long time he was plagued by demons due to his Do­mini­can Repub­lic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I hadn’t let go of ev­ery­thing that had hap­pened but then I did a doc­u­men­tary for Box Na­tion and I spoke about ev­ery­thing and that re­ally helped me. When I let it all out, it was such a weight off my shoul­ders,” he said.

“It shaped me as a per­son. For a long while, it made me a bad per­son and I didn’t like the per­son I was. I was hold­ing in a lot of anger but now, I’m happy.

“I know that me fit, there’s not many peo­ple who could live with me. But I can’t force my­self to train. It’s like I’m two dif­fer­ent peo­ple. It’s like the wee devil on one shoul­der and an an­gel on the other. The an­gel is telling me to train and the devil is telling me to carry on. The devil al­ways wins.”

Car­ri­gan-McFarlane doesn’t know what he can achieve, but he does know how he wants to be seen.

“I don’t see my­self as the best boxer in the world, I see my­self more as an en­ter­tainer,” he said. “My idol is Fred­die Mer­cury, which is pretty un­usual for a boxer.

“I’ll go as far as my discipline will take me, as far as I’ll al­low my­self to go. I want to leave this sport with my health. I’ll do it as long as I still love it.”

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