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Tommy McCarthy hits the spot with a first-round KO


Home comfort: Tommy McCarthy recorded a first round knockout against Dimitar Spaiyski

Home comfort: Tommy McCarthy recorded a first round knockout against Dimitar Spaiyski

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Home comfort: Tommy McCarthy recorded a first round knockout against Dimitar Spaiyski

Tommy McCarthy celebrated his home debut in perfect style with an exciting first-round knockout over Dimitar Spaiyski at the Devenish Complex on Saturday night.

Once McCarthy had found jabbing range he wasted little time firing in heavy shots with such speed and accuracy that Bulgaria's Spaiyski was soon sagging into the ropes.

Referee Paul McCullagh administered a count and allowed the visitor to continue but seconds later he was back on his knees and the bout after 1:07 of the opener.

"It's another KO on my record and a step closer to where I want to go," said McCarthy who is next out in Dublin on November 15.

"Next year I want to be getting in the mix with some names because I feel that with my talent I don't need to do too much learning. I've got good amateur experience and I believe that cruiserweight is there for the taking."

Manager Pat Magee is hoping to organise sparring sessions with Nathan Cleverly to help his fighter mature: "I can see Tommy fighting for a British title in 2015. When I look at what's there I don't see anything to be concerned about," said Pat.

Dee Walsh improved to 8-0 with a 40-36 win over Poland's Adam Grabiec. Walsh used the opportunity to enthuse the crowd with his wide variety of skills. The Belfast light-middleweight landed at will and avoided most of the visitor's sporadic responses. Walsh kept his man at distance throughout and referee Hugh Russell Jnr was rarely called upon. Walsh's team are now calling for a crack at Irish champion Peter McDonagh.

Paul Hyland Jnr nearly stopped Andy Harris as their lightweight four-rounder hit the latter stages but the away man held on despite suffering a fourth-round knockdown. Hyland Jnr had a case for a couple of knockdowns in the third as Harris stumbled to the canvas under pressure. Referee John Lowey recorded a 40-35 verdict in the hometown boxer's favour.

Well-supported super-featherweight Daniel 'Insane' McShane dominated Qasim Hussain for a 40-36 win on John Lowey's card.

McShane boxed with more thought than in previous outings and only upped the pace in the last round as Hussain started to wilt.

James Fryers is 5-0 after pounding Lewis O'Mara to a 40-36 loss on Hugh Russell Jnr's reckoning. Fryers is trained by Martin Lindsay alongside Gerry 'Nugget' Nugent in the Immaculata club.

Gerard Healy returned to the ring following a 17-month hiatus and posted a confidence-building 40-36 win over Liam Griffiths.

Other results: Alan Donnellan 40-35 Iain Jackson, Darren Cruise 40-36 Harry Matthews, Michael McKinson 40-36 Jan Salamacha.

Belfast Telegraph