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McCarthy eager to steer course towards shot at Lonsdale belt


By David Kelly

Tommy McCarthy will look to spark his career into life on October 21 at Belfast's SSE Arena.

Cruiserweight McCarthy has been added to the supporting bill to Ryan Burnett's mouth watering world bantamweight title unification clash with Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

The Belfast man hasn't boxed since last November when he lost a British title eliminator to Matty Askin and is eager to once more find himself on course for a shot at the Lonsdale belt or one of the many inter-continental belts on offer these days.

It has been a tough time for McCarthy who had thought he was going to be on the supporting bill to Burnett's World title success against Lee Haskins in June.

"I was meant to be out earlier in the year on the David Haye-Tony Bellew card but it fell through and then I was set to face Mike Perez on the Ryan Burnett-Lee Haskins bill in June and a week before it the fight fell through. So, I've gone through two camps with my new coach Ensley Bingham and have nothing to show for it," said McCarthy.

"It's really been the lowest point of my career. I could never have anticipated just how damaging one loss could be. That defeat to Askin has put me back.

"I'm fortunate that there's not a lot of depth in the cruiserweight division so I'm still highly ranked in Britain, but I need to push on."

Meanwhile, Belfast lightweight Paul Hyland's fight with Dubliner Steven Ormond on the October 21 supporting bill will be for the Irish title.

Hyland hopes it could lead to a British title shot.

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