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‘You will see a war’ – Laggoune promises McCarthy bruising Belgian Belfast battle

Not quite in the same dramatic and visual way as bill topper Derek Chisora did, but Bilal Laggoune [25(14)-1(1)-2] did warn his opponent he was going to war tomorrow night.

The Belgian takes on Tommy McCarthy [16(8)-2(1)] for the vacant EBU European title at the Wembley Arena and is promising to entertain en route to snatching the belt.

The former EU champion, who some suggest has a similar patient style to McCarthy, claims he is going to go war on the Matchroom pay per view card.

“I don’t think this is going to be easy. I have studied him from A to Z. He is good and he has heart, but I think he has a lot of defaults in his boxing. I am going to war. You will see a war.”

Laggoune has challenged for the title before, drawing with Dmytro Kucher back in 2015 and should be motivated to ensure he gets it 100 percent right second time around.

However, the title is not his only motivation going into the clash. The 27-year-old doubled down on previous comments he is coming to London to impress the modern day Don King, Eddie Hearn.

Laggoune is confident he will take his chance in the spotlight and impress the Matchroom boss enough to secure a contract.

“I am very thankful to Matchroom for the opportunity to fight on this bill. Matchroom is the biggest promotion that there is at the moment. This is my time to shine. I have always wanted to show how good I am and I think this is the moment. This is the time. I’m so excited. We’ve done everything we can and I’m happy to be here.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com