Tommy McCarthy looks for fireworks as he faces Courtney Fry in Belfast

Tommy McCarthy
Tommy McCarthy

Tommy McCarthy will head to the ring in Belfast on August 1 knowing that he has the opportunity to make a huge statement to the rest of the domestic cruiserweight division.

Belfast fighter McCarthy faces the very experienced Courtney Fry in only his sixth fight as a professional.

McCarthy has tonnes of amateur experience and believes he has the tools and the skills to move up the rankings at a speed of knots.

His manager Pat Magee has been there and done it with former WBA World champion Brian Magee and McCarthy is looking forward to the challenge that Fry will bring on August 1.

“He is a good boxer and he has been around the block.

“He is a known name and he has shared a ring with Roy Jones jnr.

“This is a test for me after five fights as a professional but the fight will be an indicator of where I am at this stage of my professional career.

“When I beat this guy people will realise that Tommy McCarthy is the real deal and I am looking to show everyone what I have to offer,” he added.

McCarthy has stopped all five of his opponents to date and he is hoping to deliver another five star performance at the Féile an Phobail event.

“Fans can expect classy boxing and powerful shots. I want to make an impression on August 1 - but I know I have to get the win. That is the main thing.

“Knock-outs have won my first five fights - and hopefully I get another one -but if it goes the distance, it goes the distance.

“The aim is to win on August 1, impress and move on. But we are totally focused on Fry and I know this will be my hardest and toughest fight to date. But I am ready and preparation has gone really well,” he added.

The marquee for August 1 is in the Falls Park in Belfast and McCarthy is delighted to be fighting so close to home.

“It’s also great headlining a show so close to my house and loads of people have been asking me when I was fighting in Belfast - so there should be a good crowd on the night.

“It is also great that my good mates Tyrone McKenna and Paddy Gallagher are in the bill.

“There is also a strong undercard with McKenna, Gallagher, Joe Fitzpatrick, Alfredo Meli and Paul Quinn all fighting on the night.

“All those guys are super talented, so it will be a good night of boxing in Belfast and hopefully they will all be home wins on the night,” he added.