Pat Magee sure Tommy McCarthy can make an impression as he embarks on professional debut

World Boxing Championships Press Conference, National Stadium, Dublin 26/9/2013'Tommy McCarthy - 91kg Heavywight'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/James Crombie
World Boxing Championships Press Conference, National Stadium, Dublin 26/9/2013'Tommy McCarthy - 91kg Heavywight'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/James Crombie

Tommy McCarthy will take his first steps as a professional on Saturday night when he takes to the ring in England.

Belfast heavyweight McCarthy - under the expert eye of manager Pat Magee - will face tough journeyman Rolanda Cesna in his first professional outing.

And manager Magee belives his young charge is something special.

“I think Tommy is the best prospect at any weight in Irish boxing at the minute. He has proven himself as an amateur.

“He was fighting men as a boy. At light heavy and heavyweight he was fighting men in his teens.

“You don’t get that at the lower weights. He has the talent to go all the way,” Magee said.

And Magee says they want to keep McCarthy busy in the coming months.

“The plan is to get back out in June on the Ricky Burn show in Scotland and then come September look for an eight rounder. With his experience we can put him on the fast track.

“I don’t think their is anyone domestically that would be able for him and by 2015 he will be in contention for a British title. He will win that and we will go from there.”

And Magee says they have not decided what weight division McCarthy will fight at.

”The only question is will his success be at cruiserweight or heavyweight.

“We will see where we are at in 12 months time.

“For now we don’t have to get down to 14st4lbs he can compete around 14st 10lbs until he is in the Championship mix.

“At this moment in time he could be a strong cruiserweight and then he could develop into a heavyweight as he fills out as he gets older.

“The great thing about Tommy is that he can bang and you need that if you are going to do something special,” he added.

And Magee is also glad that McCarthy is making his debut outside of Belfast.

“There is no television, there is no home crowd, so he can just get on with the job in hand.

“It is a good test for him to start off with and he is looking forward to it.”

Magee managed Brian Magee successfully for years and led his fighter to British, European a nd Worldhonours and he says McCarthy and his other young fighter Phil Sutcliffe Jnr have given him a new leash of life.

“Brian has just opened a new gym and he has another baby on the way, so is the hunger still there.

“It would also take him three to four months to get himself back into the shape you need to fight at the elite level.

“I always said that when Brian retired, I would retire with him.

“But McCarthy and Sutcliffe excite me and I believe they will go far.

“The two of them are punchers and that is what the public want to see.

“John Rooney and myself will be looking to run shows and get these guys fights,” he added.

Meanwhile Belfast lads Sonny Upton and Ryan Burnett will be in action in the next few weeks.

Upton will be in action on May 31 while Burnett will get back in the ring in June 14 in London.Both fighters will be looking to get another win on their records.

And finally Martin Rogan has arrived safely in New Zealand before the Super Eight event on June 4. Rogan will fight Michael Sprott in the first round.