New MTK signing Tommy McCarthy targets Matty Askin British title rematch


Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0)] was officially announced as a Mack The Knife Global-managed fighter this afternoon.

The Belfast cruiserweight has left long-term manager Pat Magee to join up with the buckets of Irish fighters under the stewardship of the Matthew Macklin-led outfit.

McCarthy now wants to get his career back on track having not fought since his British title final eliminator loss to Matty Askin last November.

The Lenadoon 26 year old is confident that he can reach the pinnacle of the sport and, having seen Askin go on to decisively claim the British title against Craig Kennedy in May, he wants to fight for the Lonsdale belt.

The Commonwealth silver medalist was outpointed by Askin in Manchester, being dropped twice in the fourth but finishing strongly. The Blackpool boxer defends his title for the first time in Edinburgh on October 6th versus Stephen Simmons.

On his move, McCarthy stated that “I’m delighted to be a part of MTK.”

“They are leading the charge in regards to boxing up and down the country, so I’m pleased to be on board. I believe this is the correct move to get my career back on track.”

Outlining his desire for regular fights – and a British title shot – McCarthy described how “I want to get back in the saddle, back to winning ways and I want to be busy.”

“I would love to have another shot at Matty Askin as he’s the only blemish on my record and I want to put that right.”

“I want to be a world champion so I need to get back in the mix. My goal is to be at world level within the next 24 months and then I want to become a world champion.”

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