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Askin looking forward to “smashing” Tommy McCarthy’s head in

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Matty Askin [20(13)-3(1)-1] has fired over a renewed volley of verbals at Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-0] ahead of their British cruiserweight title final eliminator next week in Bolton.

The Blackpool-based fighter feels he is a level above the unbeaten Irishman and claims that he sees flaws in the former amateur star.

Askin noted how McCarthy has “racked up a couple of good wins and is undefeated, but I think it’s a step too far, I’m too fast, too strong and I can see a lot of flaws in him.

The 27 year old dismissed the assertion that the clash at the Bolton Whites Hotel is an even fight and explained that “on paper, this its a great fight, but he’s not in my league, and I’ll show that on fight night. People think this is a 50-50 fight, but I can’t wait to get in there a do a job on him.”

“I’ve fought much better opponents. I boxed Glowacki at two weeks notice, who’s now a World champion [Glowacki actually lost his title to Oleksandr Usyk last month], and I’ve learnt a lot over the years and that will show dividends in the fight.”

“This is the best I’ve been for a long, long time. I’ve been sparring lots of different opponents, fighters who are probably better than him [McCarthy] and I’m looking forward to getting in there and smashing his head in!”

The reigning English champion also urged people not to compare their respective fights against Jon Lewis-Dickinson, with Askin being outpointed by the Northerner in 2012 while McCarthy dropped him en-route to a comfortable win earlier this year. Askin described how “people shouldn’t be reading anything into our results against Dickinson. I definitely fought a better Dickinson, he’d just won Prizefighter and was much fresher. When McCarthy boxed him, he’d been beaten off Courtney Fry, stopped by Ovill McKenzie, and was at the end of his career.”

The claims come following Askin’s earlier assertion that he would knock 25 year old McCarthy out.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie