British Title Final Eliminator ordered for Tommy McCarthy

Following his highly impressive win live on Sky Sports against Jon-Lewis Dickinson, Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy has been ordered to fight in a final eliminator for the British cruiserweight title.

McCarthy [9(5)-0] knocked former champion Dickinson down en-route to a wide points win in Glasgow last month, and the BBBoC have decreed that ‘The Mac-Attack’ must face former sparring partner Matty Askin [20(13)-3(1)] by the end of October.

Askin defended his English title for a second time in March with a second round knockout of Simon Barclay, and has previously lost to Dickinson, Ovill McKenzie, and Polish star Krzysztof Glowacki.

Purse bids for the clash are to be submitted by next Wednesday, although the exact situation regarding the title is unclear.

Champion Ovill ‘The Upsetter’ McKenzie has been mandated to defend against Welshman Craig Kennedy (also by October), however with McKenzie having World title aspirations, the Lord Lonsdale belt could be left vacant.

If that is to be the case, it is assumed that McCarthy’s manager Pat Magee will not stand in the way of Askin and Kennedy fighting for the belt and then facing his man in a first defence.

The veteran manager told in the wake of McCarthy’s break-out win over Dickinson that, while he would be confident against either Askin or Kennedy, he would like his man to gain a bit more experience first.

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Joe O'Neill

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