Following the postponement of his European title shot, Alex Dilmaghani looks ahead towards Jono Carroll and reflects on his terrific battle with Francisco Fonseca
It’s hard not to feel for Alex Dilmaghani. The talented Crayford southpaw was involved in one of 2019’s most thrilling fights, against teak-tough Nicaraguan Francisco Fonseca live on Channel 5, and only received a draw at the end of it. Then Hennessy Sports managed to tempt France’s European super-featherweight champion Samir Ziani over to defend against their man Dilmaghani on April 25 in London, only for that contest to fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent boxing shutdown.
Well-travelled Dilmaghani, a former sparring partner of Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico, remains philosophical, however, and while hoping for the Ziani challenge to be rescheduled, has another big clash in mind.
"Jono Carroll, he just beat Scott Quigg, that’s a very good fight," Dilmaghani stated. "I’d definitely like to fight him. Mick [Hennessy] actually told me, when you’ve got domestic, top-class fighters [to face], they [those fights] make the most money. Jono Carroll and me, we’re at similar stages and it’d be a great fight."
Dilmaghani also found the time to discuss his absorbing 12-round war with Fonseca, who had only lost to world-class operators Tevin Farmer and Gervonta Davis before he drew with the Brit.
"It was a nice, exciting fight," Alex reflected. "I could have done things differently but I definitely think I deserved to win. My cleaner punches... and a lot of the punches were blocked from him. But it was a great fight, a great experience and I showed what level I belong at."
The full interview can be watched below.