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Italian Job – Date and venue confirmed for Tommy McCarthy’s EU title fight


Tommy McCarthy [15(8)-2(1)] will have to make it back to back wins in Italy if he is to claim the European Boxing Union’s EU title.

Yesterday Irish-boxing.com confirmed the Belfast cruiser was on course to face Fabio Turchi [17(13)-] for the secondary EBU Continental strap – and today it was confirmed the fight will play out in the undefeated Italian’s home country on October 11.

Matchroom confirmed the clash will play out live on DAZN during the Festival dello Sport at PalaTrento in Trento.

The press release built the fight as a WBC International defense for Turchi, but the European Boxing Union have mandated the pair to fight for the EU title and have give both parties up and until September 26 to reach an agreement.

It seems some form of an agreement has been made as the fight was officially confirmed today – albeit there is no official conformation from the promoter with regard to the EU title.

Unbeaten ‘Stone Crusher’, who was scheduled to face McCarthy in Rome back in July but was forced out through injury, returns to the ring for the first time since April of this year. The southpaw was last seen destroying Sami Enbom in the first-half of round one, claiming the vacant WBC International Cruiserweight title in his home-town of Florence in the process.

Since suffering the second defeat of his professional career against Richard Riakporhe earlier this year, Belfast’s ‘The Mack Attack’, has won two on the bounce inside the distance, most recently stopping Francesco Cataldo in round two in Rome.

Also on the card, Italian Featherweight Champion Francesco Grandelli contests the Vacant WBC International Silver title against Watford’s Reece Bellotti. The Brit was last seen stopping Josue Bendana at York Hall back in June.

The event falls on the second day of ‘Festival dello Sport’, organized by La Gazzetta dello Sport and Trentino Marketing, which runs from Thursday 10-Sunday 13 October in Trento, of which DAZN is Main Partner.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing said: “It’s great to be returning to Italy on October 11 for another great night of boxing. We’re working hard to continue to promote and grow the sport in the region and this will be our seventh show since we began Matchroom Boxing’s Italian venture, which shows you how successful it has been. The night falls on a great few days of sport in Trento, so we’re expecting one of the best atmospheres we have seen in Italy to date.”

Salvatore Cherchi of Opi Since 82 said: “We are really proud to be part of this important sport festival organized by La Gazzetta dello Sport. It will be a great boxing night with three international titles at stake.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com