Tommy McCarthy aiming to start with a real bang
Tommy McCarthy will tonight kick off what he believes will be a journey to boxing's summit.
The hard hitting Belfast man, who has turned professional with Pat Magee and John Rooney, makes his debut in Dewsbury Leisure Centre, Yorkshire against experienced Lithuanian journeyman Rolanda Cesna in a four-rounder at cruiserweight.
McCarthy's long-time amateur coach, Patsy McAllister, believes the 23-year-old former Irish senior champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist has all the attributes to make a big impression in the professional game.
"Tommy has that flair and natural punching power that people like to see," said McAllister.
"He proved himself a world class amateur but now he is starting all over again as a professional and has to prove himself as a pro.
"He has been working hard in the gym and he's ready to go. We'll not be getting too excited because he has a long way to go."
Manager Magee is hoping that McCarthy starts his career with a bang before then setting his sights on making his home debut in June on one of the four shows pencilled in for Belfast in consecutive weeks.
Magee was delighted to sign McCarthy, whose long term aim is to develop into a heavyweight.
Manager Pat Magee said: "Cesna is all you want in a debut opponent. He is tough and durable and has gone rounds with a prospects. He done eight rounds in his last fight. You want someone who can give you the rounds and let Tommy get rid of debut nerves.
"He is a tough lad and if Tommy stops him he will make a statement.
"Tommy has a lot of natural ability and I want to keep him active and eventually he will develop from cruiserweight into a heavyweight."