"Some people hear an Irish accent and see a black guy and go ‘they don’t go together'"

“What do you mean you’re going to go get a day job Tommy? You just went round for round with Tony Bellew, the WBC Cruiserweight champion of the world.”

Tommy McCarthy

Jack O'Toole

Nine months before Ensley Bingham talked Belfast boxer Tommy McCarthy out of applying for a job in the ‘real world’, he sat patiently in a changing room in Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, waiting for McCarthy to make his return from the ring.