McCarthy ready to push on
Tommy McCarthy is ready for a real test of his ability early in the New Year, according to manager Pat Magee. Belfast man McCarthy chalked up an eighth straight victory in Blackpool on Saturday night when he outpointed Ladislav Reznicek of the Czech Republic, 60-55, over six rounds, a niggling injury to his right shoulder preventing him from truly opening up on the journeyman.
Now McCarthy, who has been nominated to box for the Celtic cruiserweight title, is being lined up for a return to action in Belfast.
Manager Magee said: "It's time for Tommy to have a 10-rounder. There will be no more six rounders, he has to push on now because I can see him fighting for the British title in one or two fights time.
"I would like to see him boxing in Belfast.
"We just need to make sure we can get the right opponent for Tommy, maybe one of the top men in Britain.
"It's when he moves up in class that we will see the best of Tommy."
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua came through some tough moments against Dillian Whyte to lift the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
"I made it tough for myself but that's what I need. I'd be happy to rematch Dillian because I need the experience," said Olympic gold medallist Joshua.
"There were mistakes in there I can't take to the top level.
"That's why Dillian was perfect at this stage. I'm in no rush and I'm going to keep on building until I make my mark in this division."
On the same bill, Chris Eubank Jnr forced Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan to retire after the seventh round, while Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell was outpointed by Frenchman Yvan Mendy in a stunning upset.