A path to the British title has opened up for ‘Big’ Tommy McCarthy and the cruiserweight could strap the Lonsdale belt around his waist before he reaches 10-0 claims his manager Pat Magee.
Magee has found it hard to persuade noteworthy opponents to fight the Belfast man, who has registered knock out victory in all five of his bouts to date. Indeed matching McCarthy proved so frustrating that the Belfast manager and promoter contacted the British Board and after explaining the situation they came up with a solution.
Once McCarhty comes through an eight round contest he will be enter the British title eliminator process and can move quickly toward a shot at the career changing belt.
“I have had discussion with the British Boxing Board of Control, I have explained the situation that it is virtually impossible to match Tommy with a British opponent because everyone is avoiding him,” Magee told Irish-boxing.com.
“The board have said if I can get an eight round fight we will get a series of eliminators for the British title and Tommy will be included in that process.”
The former Senior Champ looks certain to fight respectable domestic name Courtney Fry over eight rounds. Victory on the ‘This is It’ Feile Fight Night will push McCarthy into title contention and Magee believes his charge could be British Champion before his tenth pro fight.
“Courtney Fry recently fought in a British title eliminator and lost by two points so he is an ideal opponent for Tommy. As soon as Tommy gets past Fry, which I believe he will, I will be ringing the board asking how many people have been nominated for the eliminators. Those nominated can’t then refuse to fight Tommy and if they do they will drop out of the picture,” Magee added.
“It gives us an opportunity were it can go to purse bids and we can make sure the fight happens. At the moment I make phone calls and guys say ‘sorry can’t do’. They don’t want to take the risk.
“If Tommy is a British champion by fight eight, nine or ten that is where he wants to be. He wants big fights. There is no point in going through a whole group fighters were you don’t learn anything. He wants to learn quickly and earn quickly.”