Following eleven months of inactivity, the Lenadoon cruiser was finally back under the lights on the Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov undercard at the SSE Odyssey Arena.
McCarthy had been out of action since his British title final eliminator loss to now-champion Matty Askin back in November. Since then he has seen numerous fights fall through as well as undergoing changes to his team, with Ensley Bingham taking over from Brian Magee as trainer and Mack The Knife Global coming in instead of Pat Magee as manager.
Considering the break, it was a gentle reintroduction for McCarthy who returned in a six rounder on the Facebook Live portion of the undercard, facing Hungarian Peter Hegyes.
While his time out of the ring was long, his time in it tonight was short, with McCarthy stopping Hegyes in under a round.
McCarthy caught the 38 year old Magyar veteran with a sweet right and sent him down heavily. Hegyes rose unsteadily and, following one more barrage, the bout was waved off by referee John Lowey.
The quick comeback win sees McCarthy move to 10(6)-1(0), while the shell-shocked Hegyes drops to 8(4)-17(9).
‘The Mac Attack’ is now keen to get back out as soon as possible and wants a return to domestic title action, namechecking the likes of Commonwealth and Irish champion Luke Watkins, British champ Askins, and Scotland’s Stephen Simmons beforehand.