Tommy McCarthy could get his European title shot on a pay-per-view undercard.
The Belfast cruiserweight has been mandatory for the belt since it was held by Lawrence Okolie.
McCarthy was on the back burner for Okolie as the Londoner had a world title shot on the horizon and, as a result, relinquished the belt.
And Eddie Hearn, who has said that Okolie will meet Kzrysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO world title in the 200-pound division on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBA Super, WBO and IBO world heavyweight title defence against Kubrat Pulev on December 12 in London, potentially at the O2 Arena, revealed recently that McCarthy will meet Billal Laggoune (25-1-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant belt.
The fight, it is understood, will take place on the undercard of the heavyweight debut of Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk, the Ukrainian who conquered the cruiserweight division, winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament while picking up the Ring Magazine, WBO, WBA Super, IBF and WBC belts, is currently mandatory for the aforementioned Joshua’s WBO crown at heavyweight and he will venture into the sport’s premier division with an outing against former British and European champion Derek Chisora.
Usyk vs. Chisora will take place on October 31, with promoter Hearn stating that it is likely to be staged at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
The Sky Sports Box Office-aired show will also feature an IBF world lightweight title final eliminator between Lee Selby and George Kambosos Jr.
Further details, including the formal addition of McCarthy vs. Laggoune to the card, will be revealed in due course.