The Belfast fighter took a hard-earned but well-deserved majority victory over Belgian Bilal Laggoune to become the 15th Irish pro to win a European belt
The victory is a huge boost to McCarthy’s career as it puts him in a position to clinch a world title next year
There was little to separate the two fighters at Wembley Arena, but the Irish fighter did enough in the first half of the contest to secure the best career victory
While a judge scored the bout a draw 114-114, the other two ring officials favored Belfast boxer 116-112 and 116-113 respectively
McCarthy now moves up to 17-2-0 and winning the World Boxing Council affiliated EBU belt is sure to improve his ranking
He was ranked 13th in the world by the WBC but looks certain to make it into the top ten
But for now, the 29-year-old can save this victory by joining legendary Irish boxers Rinty Monaghan, Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton who have also won European professional titles.
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