Tommy McCarthy [16(8)-2(1)] believes he will be catapulted to stardom with victory over a fighter that is tailor made for him this Saturday night.
‘The Mack Attack’ fights Bilal Laggoune [25(14)-1(0)-2] for the prestigious EBU crown on the big Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora under card and is not only confident of victory, but confident that victory will put him in line for a dream World title shot.
The Belfast man earned the EBU shot after defeating Italy’s Fabio Turchi last October to land the WBC International cruiserweight title on away soil and believes a European title win will have the same effect in terms of the world title.
“The WBC title opened doors; this will put me in the rankings with all of the governing bodies,” said McCarthy.
“Anyone who has come before me and won the EBU Title has usually gone on to fight for a World Title after. I’m looking at this as a World Title eliminator.”
The Pete Taylor trained fighter’s opponent isn’t too well known in Irish boxing circles, but has pedigree.
The 27-year-old has won the EU crusierweight title and drew in a previous EBU challenge.
The Belgian travels to the UK hoping to win the title and a Matchroom contract.
However, McCarthy is confident neither will happen. The 29-year-old Pete Taylor trained fighter is confident he has prepared perfectly – and the fighter with a masters degree in the cruiserweight landscape believes Laggoune is made for his style and approach.
“I’ve been training for a long time and I’ve had a great camp,” added McCarthy. “We’ve had good notice for this fight. I feel like he’s made for me. To win this belt will open even more doors for me.”
McCarthy vs. Laggoune is part of a huge night of action topped by Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight showdown with Derek Chisora, Lee Selby and George Kambosos Jr meet in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Lightweight World Title, Heavyweight fan favourite Dave Allen returns against America’s KO artist Christopher Lovejoy , Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall takes on Glasgow’s Hannah Rankin for the vacant WBO Middleweight World Title, Kash Farooq makes his Matchroom debut against Martin Tecuapetla and Amy Timlin faces off with Carly Skelly for the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title.