George Michael Carman - We will not rush into anything

Published: 17 Nov 2012 08:000 comments

BOXING sensation George Michael Carman will not be rushed into deciding his future after winning the IBO Light Welterweight World Youth title.

Double champion: WBC Silver Youth Welterweight and IBO Light Welterweight World Youth Champion George Michael Carman.

Double champion: WBC Silver Youth Welterweight and IBO Light Welterweight World Youth Champion George Michael Carman.

Carman recorded a unanimous points win against Adam Mate at The Centre, Slough to add to the WBC Silver Youth Welterweight crown won in April.

And Carman, 20, announced he will take his time over mapping out his boxing career, assessing all the options available.

Speaking exclusively to the Observer, he said: "We are going to see where it takes us.

"We have got plenty of time, there is no rush to make decisions at the minute.

"I am just going to take it as it comes, there is no rush, I'm only young.

"We will take things step by step. Whatever comes up next comes up, we're not going to rush into anything."

Carman continued: "I can make 10 stone and 10 stone seven pounds (10-7) easy.

"If the right fight comes along at 10-7 I will take it, if it's 10 stone then I'm there - I can fight at any weight."

Carman maintained his unbeaten tag as a professional on Friday and, although the search for a first knockout win goes on, insists he is improving with every fight.

He said: "I have had a lot of criticism ever since I first began my career, and I expect that.

"I was 18 when I turned professional and obviously never had any experience.

"But I have learnt from everything, I've come on the hard way. I have got so much experience behind me now the stoppage does not matter to me.

"I showed on Friday how good I can box, being cut in the first round against a tough and strong opponent.

"There were chances where I could have settled in and tried taking him out but I was taking my time, using my skill and doing what I do best - I've got better with every fight."

Carman took a short break from boxing to get married - a decision he believes has settled him - and declared victory in front of a hometown crowd highlights just what can be done in a short space of time.

The Slough-based brawler boasted: "That is twice now I have boxed in Slough and both times the crowd has been brilliant, so hopefully we will do it again.

"I had exactly five weeks and two days of training from the day I landed from my honeymoon.

"That is what I can do in five weeks. Who knows what else I can do when I've got eight to 12 weeks - and I'm only 20.

"People call 23-24 year olds young men, I am 20, so that must say something."

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