Irish cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy (20-4) is the frontrunner to face Arsen Goulamirian (27-0) for the WBA Super World title on April 1st reports irishboxing.com.
The former European champion McCarthy, comes off two tick-over wins over Pauls Vilbergs and Reinis Porozovs having previously lost big fights back-to-back against Chris Billam-Smith. Goulamirian has been the much less active of the two, the WBA champion came back to action last November after a near two-year layoff, defeating Aleksei Egorov by points in Le Cannet.
McCarthy holds a #13 rankings with the WBA, just inside the top 15 making the Irishman eligible to challenge for Goulamirian’s WBA Super World Cruiserweight title. Manger of McCarthy, Mark Dunlop has spoken before of a potential world tile shot for his charge, telling Boxing Tickets NI before his last fight.
“I was in talks to get Tommy a world title shot believe it or not but the strength of the last opponent wasn’t enough for this particular governing body.
“The [world champion] he was meant to fight in that particular opportunity still hasn’t fought, so who knows what this fight could bring for Tommy. Tommy is right in the mix, he’s top 20 in the world, so if he puts on a good performance.”
Since that interview McCarthy has risen in ranking and you would assume the Irishman now ticks all the boxes as opponent for the WBA Super World title.
The Armenian born Goulamirian, who is of French citizenship has made France a happy hunting ground. His previous four world title defences and last seventeen have taken place across the country.