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Tommy McCarthy aims to take step towards title shot

By Staff Reporter

Tommy McCarthy will bid to chalk up two wins in the space of seven days when he returns to the ring tomorrow night in Surrey.

The unbeaten Belfast cruiserweight faces Hungarian Martin Szatmari and then looks ahead to another six rounder in Blackpool as he eyes British title glory in 2016.

McCarthy has been handed the fight at short notice on the supporting bill to the vacant European super-lightweight title fight between England's Lenny Daws and Ruben Nieto of Madrid.

Manager Pat Magee is hoping to set McCarthy up for a Celtic title fight early in the New Year, while eight straight wins would also enable him to have a top 15 European ranking.

"I'm delighted that Tommy has the chance to get two wins in the space of a week - getting a slot on this card in Surrey was too good a chance to turn down even though he was already on the Blackpool card," said Magee.

"This Hungarian should give him a good work-out and Tommy's also going to get some television coverage on Spike TV so I'm hoping he gives an exciting performance. With two straight wins we can then push on for titles with Tommy."

Meanwhile, World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's proposed rematch with Wladimir Klitschko could lead to the IBF stripping him of their belt as they have ordered him to face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.

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