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Tommy McCarthy very close to British title fight

By David Kelly

Tommy McCarthy is within two victories of fighting for the British cruiserweight title, according to manager Pat Magee.

The hard-hitting Belfast man returns to the ring tomorrow night in Glasgow when he meets Jon-Lewis Dickinson in a British title eliminator.

Unbeaten in eight fights, McCarthy can expect former British title challenger Dickinson to provide his toughest test so far, but manager Magee is expecting him to make a big impression in his first outing live on Sky.

"This is a great opportunity for Tommy to take a major step towards a crack at the British title and also to show promoter Eddie Hearn and Sky television that he is one of the most exciting prospects in the UK. He has the power to do it and I believe he will," said Magee.

"The British Boxing Board of Control meet in two weeks' time to discuss the cruiserweight situation. The champion is Ovil McKenzie, he also has the Commonwealth belt so we wait to see if he decides to defend the British or the Commonwealth title next," said Magee.

"If he was to vacate the British title then Craig Kennedy and Matty Askin would fight for the belt and Tommy would then face the winner. Otherwise, he could defend against Kennedy and then Tommy would face Askin in a final eliminator.

"Tommy just has to focus on getting the job done on Saturday night because this is a fight that is crucial to his career."

Magee is expecting promoter Hearn to come to Belfast in September, with McCarthy to the fore alongside rising bantamweight star Ryan Burnett.

"Eddie Hearn and Sky know the boxing fan base in Belfast, they have seen it with the rise of Carl Frampton. Belfast is one of the best boxing centres in the UK and I believe that Tommy can be one of the next big stars to come out of here.

"Dickinson is going to be a good test, it's just what Tommy needs at this stage of his career."

Meanwhile, Katie Taylor's bid for a sixth world championship crown ended after she was beaten by France's Estelle Mossely in the semi-finals in Astana.

Taylor said: "It's been a tough few months.

"My first loss in five years and then another one has come around so quickly."

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