McCarthy back in action and on the fast track to top
Rising cruiserweight prospect Tommy McCarthy will return to the ring on December 12 as he looks ahead to an exciting 2016.
The unbeaten Belfast man will have a six-rounder in Blackpool which he believes will edge him closer to a British cruiserweight title eliminator.
Managed by local man Pat Magee, McCarthy has a growing reputation on the British scene and the 25-year-old recently added former World super-middleweight champion Brian Magee to his coaching team, headed by Oliver Plunkett boss Patsy McAllister.
Victory over Courtney Fry at the Falls Park in the summer pushed McCarthy up the British rankings and manager Magee is confident that he can accelerate his progress in the New Year.
"Tommy will have this six-rounder in Blackpool and then I am looking to get him out in late January or early February back in Belfast," said Magee.
"The Celtic cruiserweight champion is Stephen Simmons and I would like to see Tommy face him for the title and that could also be an eliminator for a shot at the British title.
"The plan is to keep him very busy and I'd like him to have three fights before the summer break. It was good news for boxing here that Ryan Burnett won the British bantamweight title on Saturday night because that means that Eddie Hearn will be bringing a Matchroom show here in April and I would be confident that Tommy would be a part of that.
"We don't want to be hanging around with Tommy. We know he has the ability to go a long way so I want to see him tested and next year could be very exciting for him.
"After his fight with Courtney Fry at Falls Park in August he got a great reaction from the fans, it was a good test and I think his support will grow and grow."
Magee also feels that bringing in Brian Magee, whom he managed, will add an extra dimension to McCarthy's development.
"Brian knows what it takes to fight at the top level and be successful so that can only help Tommy," he added.
"Brian has his own fitness gym now and he's very knowledgeable on conditioning, which is so important now in top level boxing."