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November 19, 2016

The McCarthy plan

Enzo Maccarinelli

McCarthy isn't interested in hanging around the domestic scene for too long


“When I turned professional I didn’t intend on being on the fast track.”
Wins over Courtney Fry in his seventh fight, and Jon-Lewis Dickinson in his ninth fight means that Northern Ireland’s Tommy McCarthy (9-0, 5 KOs) is very much on the fast track to success.
The 26-year-old’s path to a British cruiserweight title shot continues tonight against Matty Askin in Manchester, live on http://vipboxing.tv/ The fight had been due to take place on October 16, but was postponed due to McCarthy suffering a minor shoulder injury.

It was McCarthy’s performance against Dickinson back in May, on the Ricky Burns-Michele Di Rocco undercard in Glasgow, that caught the eye of many an observer. It was a significant step up for McCarthy; his first 10 round fight against a former Prizefighter winner, and British cruiserweight champion… not to mention Askin’s world title aspirations.

“I read his interviews before, like it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to beat me, and then challenge on the world scene. I knew I had to be on my game, and I knew I would be because I know what I can do. I didn’t leave any stone unturned,” McCarthy told Talking Boxing.

“If I didn’t box to my abilities, then for Jon it would have been an easy night for him. I expected to win, and win well. I knew in every department that I was better than Jon, and that’s no disrespect to him. I have a ton of respect for him. Me against him... I’m faster, I’m stronger, I punch harder. Everything that he tried to do I was able to shut down straight away. He was trying to force the fight and trying to do things, but I had all the bases covered.”

Askin lost to Dickinson in a British title eliminator two years ago, but has also picked up valuable experience against former WBO world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (lasting 11 of the 12 rounds), and against Ovill McKenzie last year, losing a majority decision to the former IBF world title challenger.

“It’s pretty much the same thing,” said McCarthy. “I believe, across the board, I’m better than Matty Askin in every department.”

“He has more experience than me but that doesn’t really matter to me, because at the end of the day he has to get in and do what he’s been doing in all of his fights. He isn’t going to do anything new at this stage of the game. He’s 27. Anything he brings to the table I’ll have an answer for.”

McCarthy rightly expects a British cruiserweight title shot, in the very near future, should be beat Askin. The title now lies vacant after previous holder Ovill McKenzie had to retire from the sport due to health issues.
McCarthy isn’t in a desperate rush, but he doesn’t want to box forever. He’s not interested in swimming in the domestic pool for too long. Despite things moving briskly in his career, he’s arrived at the 200lb domestic scene top table on merit.

Big shows, paydays, backed by a big promoter… all part of the McCarthy plan. A taste of which he received, when he comprehensively defeated Dickinson in Glasgow on Sky Sports.

"To go to the likes of The Hydro is exactly where I want to be, on live TV in a big arena. It was just great, I just lapped it up. I don’t want to go back fighting on the dinner shows. At the end of the day they can put a ring anywhere, it’s the same thing, but all the razzamatazz before I really loved it."