McCarthy out to make big impact
Tommy McCarthy says he has raised his fitness to a whole new level ahead of tonight's British cruiserweight title final eliminator in Manchester.
Belfast man McCarthy must overcome Matty Askin to secure an early 2017 showdown with Craig Kennedy.
Unbeaten McCarthy is the least experienced of the two by some distance but is nevertheless expected to come through and set up a vacant British title shot.
"I've done more running for this fight than I've ever done in my life. I feel great, in sparring I have felt that I've had more in the tank. I've just got that little bit more and it feels good," said McCarthy.
"This is a big fight for me, I don't feel any extra pressure - just that I know I have a job to do and I'm ready to do that.
"Askin is more of a boxer and he can spoil a bit but I'll be ready for that. I want to go out and look impressive again and then I can look forward to that British title fight."
McCarthy is joined on the Manchester card by close friend Anthony Cacace, who has his own British title aspirations.
The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed that unbeaten Cacace is guaranteed a shot at their super-featherweight belt, which is up for grabs next Saturday night when Martin Ward meets Ronnie Clark - who Cacace has already stopped.
McCarthy added: "Anto and I have been winning on the same bill for years - we did it as amateurs and I hope we can do it again in Manchester.
"Anto's probably the most talented Irish prospect around along with Michael Conlan. He's incredibly talented and he can really punch. He's just not a very outgoing guy, he's quite modest.
"But he can really fight and all being well next year is going to be very exciting for both of us. If we could both be fighting for British titles that would be great."