He fights his second fight in seven days this coming Saturday night, has topped a bill at a festival and has a name like Courtney Fry on his record before he has even reached double figures in terms of wins and fights, but ‘Big’ Tommy McCarthy claims he is in no rush.
The cruiserweight prospect’s manager Pat Magee is pushing for McCarthy to be made mandatory for MGM fighter Stephen Simmons Celtic title and is keen to double the bout up as a British title eliminator.
That means McCarthy is on course to challenge and possible win the British title in just his tenth fight. It seems a fast track approach and shows the faith Team McCarthy have in the former Amateur stand out, but the laid back big man claims while he feels ready to compete at domestic level he is in no rush.
“There is no rush,” he told the Irish News
“I just turned 25 last month, so I’ve got time on my side and, as a cruiserweight, 25 is still very young. I only turned pro last year as well, so there’s no mad rush, but I want to be world champion at least by the time I’m 30, but preferably before it.”
“The fight at the Féile was the highlight of my career so far, so to come away with two wins is a great way to cap it off and then we can push on next year.”
Former World champion Brian Magee has taken over the McCarthy training reigns and the Belfast man has been impressed by his new coach.
“It’s been brilliant, we just gelled straight away,” said McCarthy.
“He’s such a nice guy and easy to work with and he knows the game, everything’s still fresh in his mind because the last fight he had was a world title fight and it was only a couple of years ago. He knows what you have to do to operate at that level.”