Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Tommy McCarthy enjoys easy victory on pro debut

Stoppage win: Tommy McCarthy

Tommy McCarthy's professional career is up and running after a fine third round stoppage of Lithuanian Rolandas Cesna in Dewsbury Leisure Centre, Yorkshire.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist McCarthy looks an exciting prospect and, after an understandable nervy opening round on Saturday night he then allowed his punches to flow and had the durable Cesna creasing up in pain, leading the referee to call a halt at 2:20 of the third.

The Belfast cruiserweight hopes to chalk up a second win at the end of June or early July, according to Pat Magee who, along with John Rooney, is guiding his career.

McCarthy said: "I'm happy to get the win. It's a completely new experience – I didn't know what way the guy would come out and fighting these guys is a bit of a step down in class from what I have been fighting as an amateur over the last couple of years.

"But it's a different game and I have to start from the bottom and learn my trade as a professional. I was a little nervous but then I started to feel more comfortable. I knew what the guy had and when I let the shots go to the body I could see they were taking the wind out of him."

Co-manager Magee was naturally "very pleased" with McCarthy's performance.

But, speaking yesterday he also revealed that the promoter of the show, Steve Wood, was equally impressed.

"Steve said afterwards that Tommy looked like a guy who had been boxing for a lot longer than someone making their pro debut, it was a good win against a man who normally goes the distance," said Magee.

Meanwhile, British boxing is mourning the passing of Scotland's John McCormack, a former British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion.

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