Tommy McCarthy [16(8)-2(1)] could be just two wins away from a WBC world title shot.
The Belfast cruiser has transformed his career trajectory with his brilliant victory over Fabio Turchi in Trento, Italy just over a week ago.
Although he argues otherwise it appeared as if ‘The Mack Attack’ went into the WBC ranking title fight needing a victory to ensure he didn’t start to fade into obscurity.
Not only did he ensure he didn’t take a massive step back, he also managed to take a massive stride toward a world title shot with the impressive performance.
The Mark Dunlop managed former amateur of note increased his profile by having his hand raised live on DAZN and SKY, but the watching WBC officials are possibly the most important eye’s he caught.
Speaking to Irish-boxing.com he revealed winning the title should put him in the #15 with the WBC, which makes him eligible to challenge for the world crown. However, he was told ringside that a #10 spot is possible and thus he could be just two good results away from a world title fight.
“It’s definitely top 15, but they were saying over there top 10. Mauricio [Sulaiman, president of the WBC] was over there and people were saying the WBC took a shine to me. I went straight up to 26 on Boxrec and it just puts me right back in the mix in Britian, Europe and even the world,” he continues.
“I’d rather try and push on for the world title shot. The belt is vacant and it’s not unrealistic to say your a win or two away from a world title shot, that’s what they were saying over there anyway.”
The 28-year-old has become such a Luke Keeler fan of late he is just short of having the Ballyfermot middleweight’s poster on his wall. Keeler’s performance against Luis Arias at the Feile in the Summer was the catalyst for McCarthy’s move to coach Pete Taylor and McCarthy is now keen to further follow in the footsteps of a fighter closing in on a shot at WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade.
“I spoke a lot about Luke Keeler the last few months and I find myself in the same position as him now. We both have gone from nothing to being in the conversation, him more so than me at the minute, but I hopefully I can keep following the pathway.”
Reflecting more on the fight, McCarthy was has lost to Matty Askin and Richard Riakporhe, revealed the Italian replaced John Lewis Dickinson as the best he has fought.
He also claimed he was well aware the night was meant to belong to Turchi.
“They weren’t expecting him to get beat. Everything was set up for him to be the star. You could even see that with the ring walks. I couldn’t even hear mine, they must of had it right down. Then he came out and the place was rocking. You expect that when you are the away fighter, but it was so obvious. All I could do was control the controlables and we did that.”