Two new Irish stars on rise
Sutcliffe Jr and McCarthy fast developing good reps
Two Irish boxers whose pro careers are just coming to the boil are Philip Sutcliffe Jr and Tommy McCarthy.
Both boxers are being managed by diplomatic Belfast boxing promoter Pat Magee.
Sutcliffe (7-0, 6 KOs) and McCarthy (5-0, 5 KOs) have formidable amateur records. "The ratings aren't a fair reflection of where these guys are at," says Magee. "Pros who are 14-0 haven't fought anyone of merit. They're still learning. These guys have been in the national Elite squad. They don't need the long-haul. They're just need refinement to help them adjust."
In an ideal world, both men would have three or four more fights this year and then stake their claims to mandatory challenges. But Magee says their reputations are already scaring off possible opponents.
"We need to get the rounds in," he explains. "They need tough opposition. In his last fight, Tommy at least got six rounds in before he unleashed his now historic one punch knock-out. For Philip's first six rounder, I brought over a guy with a good record from Liverpool to test him but Philip demolished him in the first round."
"Precocious talents" is how Magee describes super lightweight Sutcliffe and cruiserweight McCarthy.
"I'm hoping to have them in action in April or May," says Magee. "Some people think I'm rushing them but all they need is the experience of longer fights."
Crumlin fighter Sutcliffe Jr is happy to have recovered from a persistent hand injury. "I missed 13 months and probably about five bouts," he says. "But since the operation, everything is great. I'll be ready to fight anyone by the end of the year."