Tommy McCarthy signs new pro deal


Tommy McCarthy [11(6)-1(0)] has signed a new management deal as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.

The Belfast cruiserweight left Mack The Knife Global last month and it has been confirmed tonight that McCarthy has linked up with Mark Dunlop.

The 27-year-old McCarthy, frustrated with a lack of fights, split with MTK and intended to be self-managed but has instead struck up a partnership with Dunlop.

The Belfast manager and promoter was in Boston at the weekend for super featherweight James Tennyson’s world title fight while this year he has also manoeuvred lightweight Paul Hyland Jr into a British title fight, backed Ronnie Clark to a big win over Zelfa Barrett and the British super featherweight mandatory position, and pushed for an Irish title fight for super featherweight Feargal McCrory.

Dunlop is closely aligned with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn and acted as the man on the ground for the two big Sky Sports bills in Belfast last year.

Lenadoon’s McCarthy has recently returned from a spell in Latvia sparring former world champ Mairis Briedis and, during his inactivity, has been sparring the likes of Tony Bellew, Carlos Takam, Hughie Fury, Beibut Shumenov, and all the Irish big men.

‘The Mac Attack’ is keen to return to competitive action very soon – and had even offered himself up as a stand-by for this weekends clash between Isaac Chamberlain and Luke Watkins.

The Ensley Bingham-trained McCarthy last fought over 11 months ago when he outpointed game Cameroonian Blaise Mendouo over six rounds.

A comeback fight date for McCarthy will be announced in due course.

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Joe O'Neill

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