It’s something Irish fight and sports fans usually have to call media outlets and promoters out on, but Tommy McCarthy was straight in to correct Eddie Hearn when the Matchroom promoter intimated he was a ‘Brit’.
It was rather innocent on the Matchroom boss’s behalf, as he was talking more generic than specific, but the ‘Mac Attack’ wasn’t going to let it slide.
Discussing McCarthy’s career changing win over Fabio Turchi in Italy, Hearn revealed the Italians were getting dismayed by the fact he was continually bringing ‘Brits’ over to beat their boys, prompting McCarthy to correct the man who promotes his European title fight tomorrow night.
“I’m an Irish man Eddie don’t forget that,” McCarthy was quick to say before conversation quickly moved on.
British media claiming Irish sports stars as their own has been a huge annoyance for Irish sports fans over the years. Sky Sports have, on more than one occasion, tried to do as much with Katie Taylor, but have refrained from making the error of late due to a massive social media backlash.
Ahead of his defeat to Archie Sharp Declan Geraghty was faced with a similar scenario when Frank Warren added him to a ‘best in Brittian’ debate.
“I am not British, I’m a proud Irishman,” was Geraghty’s response.