Hearn ‘shocked’ he made ‘career defining fight’ for Belfast undercard

Eddie Hearn admits he is shocked that he managed to make a clash between Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0)] and Mike Perez  [21(13)-2(1)-1] for the undercard of Ryan Burnett’s homecoming world title fight.

A match up from left field sees the Belfast cruiser meet the Cork Cuban in a fight McCarthy claims he has to win  to prevent his career from being left in tatters.
Hearn claims he is as surprised as anyone to see a former World level heavyweight return at cruiser and a fighter, who suffered defeat in his last bout, but was still confident of British success, take a massive risk against a more experienced campaigner.

“I’m shocked this fight is up and running but its great news for fight fans,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Mick Conlan tweeted me and asked that Tommy be on the card and at the same time I had a request from Mike Perez to be on the show.”

“I contacted both teams and they instantly accepted the fight. It’s a career defining clash for both,” he added before revealing what is  at stake  for both.

“Lose and it’s all over – win and it kick-starts a whole new career at championship-level. It’s going to be a big night of boxing on June 10 in Belfast.”

McCarthy and Perez clash on a huge night of boxing in Belfast as unbeaten local talent Ryan Burnett challenges IBF World Bantamweight champion Lee Haskins.

Aside from this crossroads fight, the undercard at present comprises of an Irish cruiserweight title fight between Luke Watkins and Ian Tims alongside appearances from Carl McDonald, Sean Magee, Feargal McCrory, Matt Wilton, Tyrone McCullagh, Paul Hyland Jr, James Tennyson, Padraig McCrory, and Paddy Gallagher.

Tickets for ‘Belfast Boy’ on June 10th at the SSE Odyssey Arena cost £30, £40, £60, £100, and £150 (VIP), and can be bought from the boxers involved or HERE.

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