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Tommy McCarthy’s deal with Eddie Hearn raises world title hopes

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Tommy McCarthy and Eddie Hearn

Tommy McCarthy and Eddie Hearn

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Tommy McCarthy and Eddie Hearn

European cruiserweight champion Tommy McCarthy has convinced promoter Eddie Hearn to hand him a contract, following his impressive win at the weekend.

McCarthy retained his European belt in the Manchester Arena on Saturday night with a sixth round stoppage of Romanian Alexandru Jur and is now set for a showdown with Chris Billam-Smith. Along with the EBU title and Billiam-Smith’s Commonwealth belt, the British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed that the vacant Lonsdale belt will also be on the line in the summer.

“I’m delighted to officially welcome Tommy to the Matchroom team,” said Hearn. “Tommy took the risk to travel to Italy against (Fabio) Turchi and followed it up by winning the European Title and successfully defending it on Saturday. Now we’ve made a cracker between Tommy and Chris Billam-Smith for Fight Camp and the winner is going to be perfectly placed to go on and challenge for a World Title.”

Belfast man McCarthy has turned his career around over the past two years and now believes he is just one victory away from fighting for the world cruiserweight title.

McCarthy said: “Matchroom is the leading promotional outfit in world boxing so to finally be an official member of the team is brilliant for my career. Chris Billam-Smith is the last hurdle I have to jump over to get a shot at my ultimate goal which is the become a world champion. I’ve got no problem fight him – he’s easy work.

“After I beat Billam-Smith I would like to fight for a version of the Cruiserweight World Title — one of the four major Titles. I’m ranked top 10 in the WBC, IBF and WBA, and the WBO Champion Lawrence Okolie is signed with Matchroom.

“Getting Matchroom back over to Belfast would mean the world to me.  Now that I’m with Matchroom, I’ve got the right team around me to bring the big nights back.”

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