Tommy McCarthy makes the first defence of his European Cruiserweight title in Manchester on Saturday May 15.
Having defeated Bilal Laggoune to become the 15th Irish fighter to buckle the EBU European title around his waist, McCarthy was ordered to defend against former WBC and IBF world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
Talks were underway with the Pole’s team and a deal all but signed, only for Wlodarczyk to end up in jail for breach of a driving ban.
With the mandatory challenger otherwise engaged the EBU have allowed the popular Belfast big man to make a voluntary defence, meaning his progress won’t be arrested as a result.
Alexandru Jur [19(7)-4(2)] provides the opposition as McCarthy looks to build toward a world title shot.
The action begins at 18:00 Irish time with McCarthy third in the ring so expected any time after 7:00pm.
Picture credit Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing
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