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Tommy McCarthy laughs off Askin’s “shite talk” ahead of final eliminator

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Tommy McCarthy [9(5)-0] has dismissed any and all trash talk from upcoming opponent Matty Askin ahead of their clash this weekend.

The Belfast puncher meets English champion Askin [20(13)-3(1)-1] in a refixed British cruiserweight title final eliminator on Saturday at the Victoria Warehouse in London, with the winner facing Welshman Craig Kennedy next year for the vacant title.

In the lead-up to the fight, which had been postponed a month due to McCarthy suffering a minor shoulder niggle, Askin has sent numerous verbal volleys at the Lenadoon man.

Despite some incendiary imagery, McCarthy remains unaffected, and isn’t too keen to start a war of words. Indeed, the 26 year old believes he noticed a trend in all of Askin’s previous fights.

McCarthy told Irish-Boxing.com that “if you watch any of his interviews, no matter who he’s fighting, he’s going in saying ‘I’m going to knock him out’ or ‘I’m going to smash his head in’ – every single person he’s fought!”

“There’s a lot of shite talk going on. I can’t take that serious, because I don’t take him serious when he’s talking like that.”

“I’ve said it before, Matty just thinks he’s better than what he is. Anything he can say or do can’t annoy me.”

By comparison, McCarthy feels he has a belief in his own abilities that allows him to enter the bout quietly confident. ‘The Mac Attack’ described how “when I go in there, I’m in there to do the business. This is my life. So I take it very seriously.”

“I just have full confidence in myself and my abilities. I know I’m a good boxer, I know that I’ve trained hard – and that there just spurs me on, to know that I am better than him.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie