By Elliot Foster

Jono Carroll will face French opposition in his next fight.

The unbeaten super-featherweight talent turned in arguably the performance of his career in June when he halted Declan Geraghty over nine brutal rounds to retain his IBF Inter-Continental title at Belfast’s SSE Arena.

Carroll, who recently inked a promotional pact with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, has long been knocking on the door for global honours in the 130-pound division.

And a shot at a world title now looks to have edged ever closer after his new promoter Hearn revealed on Saturday that the IBF, with whom the Dubliner is rated number five, have ordered him to face Guillaume Frenois in a final eliminator.

The full title is currently held by America’s Tevin Farmer, who beat Billy Dib to win the crown last month, and he will defend it against 25-year-old Belfast puncher James Tennyson on October 20 at the TD Garden in Boston, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the States.

Hearn went on to confirm that a date for the fight between newly-signed 26-year-old Carroll and once-defeated former European champion Frenois will be revealed in due course.