It's back to work for Northampton boxer Fail as he targets quickfire third fight

Northampton boxer Carl Fail is currently enjoying a well-earned week off - but admits he will be back in the gym and eyeing up his next fight from Monday morning.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 11:22 am
Updated Sunday, 25th April 2021, 11:24 am
Carl Fail in action during his professional debut in March

Fail was hugely impressive in seeing off Kristaps Zulgis in a super welterweight clash on the WTK Fight Night in Bolton last Saturday.

In only his second professional fight, the 24-year-old southpaw was too classy, too rangy and too powerful for his Latvian opponent, twice sending him to the canvas in the second round, with the 29-year-old failing to beat the count second time around.

On paper, the experienced Zulgis looked a tricky proposition, as he had twice previously knocked out young, unbeaten opponents, but he barely laid a glove on southpaw Fail, who dominated the six minutes the fight lasted.

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“I was really happy, especially after taking the fight at such short notice, and it couldn’t really have gone much better,” said the former Far Cotton amateur.

On the challenge of Zulgis, Fail said: “I was originally meant to fight a 3 and 0 lad from Spain, but he pulled out, and he (Zulgis) got brought to the table.

“We liked the fight because he had previously knocked out two undefeated fighters, so he was supposed to have a bit of danger about him.

"We watched him and thought he was a good step in my career. We knew he was going to test me at times, and he supposedly had a bit of power. But I think my ability shone through.”

The fight was staged at the same venue as Fail’s pro debut five weeks earlier.

And he said: “I felt a lot more relaxed and I felt a lot more comfortable.

“I had my whole team there this time, apart from John Daly who will hopefully be at the next one, and I had my twin brother Ben there.

“I felt more relaxed, more confident, and having had the experience of my pro debut it all played a part in that performance.”

Carl wants to take on pro fight number three as soon as possible, and wants to share the bill with his brother, who won his own pro debut back in September, a fight in which he broke a bone in his hand.

“I will now have this week off, switch off from boxing, and then I will get back in the gym,” he said

“I will get back into it and I will call my manager because you have to be persistent in this sport. I will keep calling him and hope that another opportunity arises and we can take it.

"Me and Ben want to be on the next show together, because his hand is better now.”

Carl Fail’s sponsors: The Butchers Block UK, Michael’s Golden Chippy, Drinxx, Royal Blood Kennels