Former IBF 130lbs title challenger Jono Carroll is in a rich vein of form, but he is taking nothing for granted when he meets the seasoned Maxi Hughes in a catchweight encounter at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 12.

Carroll stopped former world champion Scott Quigg {WTKO 11} last time out in March, but knows defeat will see him slide back into the chasing pack. Now the Irishman has promised to treat every fight like a world title opportunity.

“Every fight is like snakes and ladders, so it’s very important I treat them all as a world title fight,” said Carroll (18-1-1, 4 KOs). “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.

“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 [Ayrapetyan]’s voice.

“There’s going to be some strange aspects for sure [boxing behind closed doors], 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.”

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