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IT has been an ex­cit­ing year so far for the box­ing world, and after five years as a pro­fes­sional I feel it’s time to make my move on the do­mes­tic scene. Hav­ing turned pro at 18, I’ve had a steady ap­pren­tice­ship and, after a re­cent rust-shed­der against tough York­shire­man Danny Lit­tle, it’s now time to push on for ti­tles, at su­per­wel­ter­weight or even wel­ter­weight.

I have a good team be­hind me in ex­cit­ing pro­mo­tional outfit MTK, and I’m busy pre­par­ing at the Sweet Science Stu­dio in Chelms­ford, await­ing the op­por­tu­nity I feel I have earned with 17 wins from 18 con­tests.

South­ern Area and English ti­tles are now within my grasp, even an elim­i­na­tor for the cov­eted Lons­dale Belt is in my sights. I just need the right op­por­tu­nity, with the right amount of no­tice.

With my brother Kyle Mccarthy re­cently mak­ing a win­ning pro de­but, it will be in­ter­est­ing to fol­low his jour­ney, but I’m now ready to con­test a belt.

Any tak­ers?! Matt Mccarthy, Pro boxer, Tilbury


IN re­sponse to David Clark’s let­ter in the June 22 is­sue, I have to dis­agree with his opin­ion that Joe Calzaghe should have been ranked higher than Len­nox Lewis in Box­ing News’ 100 Great­est Bri­tish Box­ers bookazine. Jeff Lacy had been hyped up be­fore fac­ing Calzaghe, but had not pre­vi­ously fought any­body of real note. Lewis, on the other hand, beat Evan­der Holy­field, Vi­tali Kl­itschko, Frank Bruno, Gary Ma­son, Tony Tucker, Ray Mercer and Tommy Mor­ri­son to name just a few. And he also eas­ily de­feated David Tua, who was tipped for great­ness.

Yes, Lewis lost to Hasim Rah­man and Oliver Mccall, but he avenged both of those de­feats. Calzaghe did fin­ish with an un­blem­ished record, but there are a cou­ple of bouts where you could say he won con­tro­ver­sially. For ex­am­ple, against Robin Reid. So, I be­lieve it’s right that Lewis is placed higher than Calzaghe in the rank­ings. Gary Long­more


I AM a big fan of An­dre Ward, yet in his post-fight in­ter­view, I started to think that maybe Sergey Ko­valev had hit him harder to the head than orig­i­nally thought when he sug­gested he might take on An­thony Joshua. With his ath­leti­cism, size and power, Joshua would knock Ward into next week. Ian Rat­cliffe, Styal


SO Floyd May­weather is go­ing to box Conor Mcgre­gor, and peo­ple are go­ing to pay ridicu­lous amounts for a ring­side seat – talk about hav­ing more money than sense! May­weather is go­ing to play with him like a cat toys with a mouse. Owen Hol­li­field, Bar­goed

BRING IT ON! Matt Mccarthy [right], pic­tured with his brother Kyle [cen­tre] and coach Mark Mas­sow

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