It’s gonna be a reggae takeover at the Féile says Tommy McCarthy

A week before UB40 take to the stage, Tommy McCarthy hopes to make a name for himself in front of a massive crowd at the Féile an Phobail in West Belfast this weekend.

McCarthy fights Courtney Fry in the toughest fight of his career so far on Saturday under the marquee in the Falls Park, the same venue UB40 will rock on August 9. The experienced Fry is a former Commonwealth gold medalist, Olympian, and even fought the legendary Roy Jones Jnr. last year.

Speaking exclusively to, the cruiserweight of Jamaican extraction does not want to hang around and participate in meaningless fights, instead claiming that “I want big fights and I want big money”

McCarthy, who predicts a ‘reggae take over’, feels that his first headline appearance is a calculated risk, saying that “if I’m not at that level we’re gonna find out.”

McCarthy is still confident though and, on how he plans to win on Saturday, the 24 year old admitted “I love to get an aul knockout.”

Joe O'Neill

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