Tommy McCarthy has been handed the chance to make a big statement in April.
The British Boxing Board of Control have officially ratified a crusierweight British title eliminator between the Belfast favourite and John Lewis Dickinson.
While it’s a chance to put the former Irish Senior Champion in contention for European title and recent World title challenger Ovil Mckenzie’s British title, McCarthy will also be afforded the opportunity to become a name beyond the Irish scene.
Outside the likes of Tony Bellew, Nathan Cleverly and indeed McKenzie himself Lewis Dickinson is one of the bigger names on the British and Irish scene at cruiserweight.
The Durham 29 year old is a former Prizefighter winner, has won the Lonsdale belt out right and won the WBC International silver title in his last outing.
The pair have a common foe in Courtney Fry and although they have contrasting results over the experienced Liverpool native most would argue Lewis Dickinson would prove a stiffer test for the Pat Magee managed Belfast man due to the fact he is over 10 years younger and is in a good position to challenge for titles.
In even better news for ‘Big Tommy’ the fight looks set to play out live on Sky Sports and in his home town of Belfast on April 30.
Tony Conquest and Craig Kennedy have been mandated to fight in a final British title eliminator. The winner will officially be next in line for McKenizie and his title, but if the Warren fighter manages to claim the European title this Spring McCarthy could face the winner of that clash for the British strap and could fulfill Magee’s ‘British Champion in ten fights’ prediction.