Ryan Burnett and Tommy McCarthy eye up Belfast bill
Tommy McCarthy will face Jon Lewis Dickinson in a British cruiserweight title eliminator on April 30, with the Odyssey Arena the expected venue.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has made it clear that he wants to come to Belfast with rising bantamweight star Ryan Burnett and having won the right to stage McCarthy-Dickinson, it would be an obvious double header for Belfast.
Hearn has informed the British Boxing Board of Control that he will stage unbeaten McCarthy's step up in class on April 30 with a venue to be confirmed.
In the meantime, Burnett also moves up a level when he boxes on the supporting bill to Carl Frampton's World super-bantamweight showdown with Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena on February 27.
Burnett will face tough Frenchman Anthony Settoul for the vacant WBC international belt.
McCarthy's manager Pat Magee is hoping that the hard hitting Belfast man can progress to British and European title fights by the end of the year and with the backing of Hearn that becomes a realistic goal.
"Tommy has already got himself a reputation around Britain and it has been very hard to match him," says Magee. "This is just the fight we want at this stage of his career."
Meanwhile, Paul Butler says he wants to seal a summer showdown with Belfast super-flyweight Jamie Conlan in what would be a WBO title eliminator.
"It either happens in the summer or it isn't getting made at all," said Butler.