Simmons not interested in defending against Tommy McCarthy

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BBBofC Celtic Cruiserweight champion Stephen Simmons has suggest he will vacate rather than defend against Tommy McCarthy.

The British Boxing Board of Control today confirmed they had mandated a title fight between the Scott and the Belfast big men and ordered the fight to take place before February.

However, the MGM fighter, who won the title by defeating Micheal Sweeney back in 2013 claims he has bigger fish to fry. Simmons took to Twitter to dismiss talk he would be fighting the undefeated Belfast prospect and said he has ‘other’ titles on his radar.

McCarthy will still challenge for the strap as Simmons will have to vacate, and will most likely fight another ranked foe. Indeed if things fall into place the bout could double up as a British title eliminator much like fellow Belfast puncher James Tennyson’s bout with Darrenn Traynor.

The BBBofC have already nominated a final British title eliminator between Tony Conquest and Craig Kennedy, who are due to fight on February 6th.

The winner of that bout will be in line to fight Ovill McKenzie, but the current champion has World title aspirations and if he vacates and McCarthy wins he could be in line to fight for the vacant strap.


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