Relocation and change of trainer for Tommy McCarthy

Belfast cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-1(0)] is to move overseas and change trainer following his first career loss.

The Lenadoon fighter slumped to defeat against English champion Matty Askin in their British title final eliminator in Manchester back in November, hitting the canvas twice in the process.

Now McCarthy is returning to the scene of this defeat, and revealed in an interview with Kevin Byrne of the Irish Sun that he is making the switch to England for full-time training. The popular big man’s new trainer will be former British light middleweight champion Ensley Bingham at the Champs Camp in the Moss Side area of the city.

26 year old McCarthy spent time sparring the likes of Sam Hyde at the gym in the lead-up to his fight with Askin, and will now return permanently to South Manchester.

This will see him leave Belfast trainer Brian Magee, although the split was on seemingly amicable terms, with the former European champion offering his best wishes to the departing McCarthy.

Read Kevin Byrne’s interview with Tommy McCarthy in full (click here).

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