Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy set himself up for a shot at the Lonsdale belt after outpointing County Durham’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson in a British title eliminator at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday night. watch the fight above.

The fight was on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ historic third world title win and eight fight novice McCarthy (9-0, 5KOs) demonstrated good composure and boxing brain to defeat his much more experienceed opponent, even dropping Dickinson (17-5, 5 KOs) in the sixth round with a big left hook before going on to claim a unanimous decision.

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Judges saw the fight; 97-92, 97-92, 98-91, all in favour of the Irishman, who handed Dickinson his 5th career defeat.

McCarthy, who is trained by former world champion Brian Magee, must now face Matty Askin, the English champion, in a final eliminator for the British strap, currently held by Ovill McKenzie.

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Former GB star Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) returned to action in Glasgow after nearly a year out with injury to score a 3rd round stoppage of Gary Cooper. – Ogogo dominated Cooper before a flurry of shots forced his corner to compassionately throw in the towel to save their man from taking any further punishment from the fired up former Olympic bronze medal winner. – The Londoner had seen the past two years of his career hampered by Achilles and shoulder injuries but he looked sharp in this fight, wobbling Cooper in the closing moments of the 2nd round before finishing the job in the 3rd flurry of punches in the third.

British lightweight champion Scotty Cardle outpointed Ivan Njegac.

Former two-time British-middleweight title challenger John Ryder outpointed Robert Talarek.

Glasgow’s Sam Ball stopped George Hennon in the 3rd round.

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