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Big stage: Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy is primed for action at Wembley Arena tomorrow

Big stage: Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy is primed for action at Wembley Arena tomorrow

Mark Robinson

Big stage: Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy is primed for action at Wembley Arena tomorrow

World ranked European cruiserweight title challenger Tommy McCarthy is so laid back it would be no surprise if the owners of Radox had been in touch to inquire of his secret. So, it comes as a surprise when he admits to a time when the ring stole that from him.

Tomorrow night in London's Wembley Arena, McCarthy, who turns 30 next Wednesday, finds himself at a pivotal point in his career. Victory over Bilal Laggoune will place him on a path to a world title shot, while defeat would be calamitous. The road back, he acknowledges, could be long and winding.

McCarthy has trodden such a path before, following the first defeat of his career in a British title eliminator in November 2016. Between then and November 2018, the Belfast man changed - and not for the better. As he sought to rebuild his career, McCarthy reveals that his natural, free-flowing clinical instinct had deserted him and he was caught in a mental tailspin from which there seemed no escape.


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