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McCarthy set for career defining showdown, says Hearn


By David Kelly

Tommy McCarthy is certainly not easing himself back into the ring following his first defeat as he returns against Mike Perez on June 10 at Belfast's SSE Arena.

Cuban Perez campaigned as a heavyweight throughout his career, which seemed to come to a halt in 2015 when losing a World title eliminator to Alexander Povetkin.

Now, he returns at cruiserweight and will have a six-rounder this weekend in Dublin before facing McCarthy.

Belfast man McCarthy came unstuck in a British cruiserweight title eliminator last November, losing on points to Matt Askin.

Victory over Perez would certainly see McCarthy back on track for a British or Commonwealth title shot.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I'm shocked this fight is up and running but it's great news for fight fans.

"Mick Conlan tweeted me and asked that Tommy be on the card and at the same time I had a request from Mike Perez to be on the show.

"I contacted both teams and they instantly accepted the fight. It's a career-defining clash for both.

"Lose and it's all over - win and it kick-starts a whole new career at championship level. It's going to be a big night of boxing on June 10 in Belfast."

Belfast men James Tennyson and Paul Hyland are also on the bill and, according to Hearn, expected to be in fights that will test their potential.

"I want these guys to be in real fights, there's no point just fighting some Latvian just to pad out a record," said Hearn.

"I want them in tough fights so we'll learn more about them, so we can see what they've got and there's no shame in losing in such a fight and if they win then they can push on."

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