If things had gone to plan, the Belfast cruiserweight would currently be sitting comfortably over the heavyweight limit, nursing a Hennessy hangover, and eating some leftover birthday cake. Instead he is putting the finishing touches to his preparations for a clash which grants the winner a vacant British title fight with Welshman Craig Kennedy
McCarthy was due to face Askin on October 22nd in Bolton, but the popular Lenadoon man suffered a minor shoulder injury which forced the bout to be postponed to next Saturday in Manchester. This meant that McCarthy was stuck in training camp for his favourite week of the year.
The Mac Attack spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and explained that the postponement “was very frustrating because Hallowe’en is my favourite time of year, I love going out on Hallowe’en. Also my birthday is on the 4th of November [where he turned 26], it’s my daughter’s birthday as well on the 2nd, and my grandad’s on the 3rd, so it’s a big family thing the first week of November.”
“It would’ve been perfect, I would’ve fought and then had some downtime. I was ready to go.”
The delay however wont affect McCarthy’s performance, and he assures that “everything’s perfect. When I picked up that injury I had to stop punching for a week, maybe a wee bit longer, so I was just running and doing a bit of fitness work. I got back into sparring on the 26th [of October].”
“Everything’s perfect, I feel great, I’m boxing brilliant, I haven’t lost my fitness levels, and there’s no worry that I have gone over the top.”