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Boxing: Rising star McCarthy hungry for glory

By David Kelly

Published 16/11/2007

Tommy McCarthy will bid to add another title to his long list at the Dockers Club tonight.

McCarthy starts a hot favourite against Patrick McKenna of Mark Heagney in the light-heavyweight final of the Patsy Quinn Ulster Intermediate championships.

The Oliver Plunkett lad will be hoping to hand himself the ideal present, having just celebrated his 17th birthday.

McCarthy has established himself as one of the best young prospects around and has great ambitions to succeed at the highest level.

Coach Patsy McAllister said: "He's a very hungry, ambitious kid and, down the line, way down the line he wants to turn professional, but before that he has his eyes on the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012.

" He's naturally very confident and sometimes you just have to calm him down a little but he has great potential and he has shown his ability with five straight Irish titles."

Not only has McCarthy dominated the Irish scene but, in the summer, won a silver medal at the European Cadet championships.

Coach McAllister added: "He's a very dedicated lad and he's been on the High Performance squad for a couple of years and his next big target will be the Irish Under-19s in January.

" They are a massive event for him because victory there opens the door to all the international events."

One of the most intriguing finals will be at light-welterweight when James McDonagh of Dockers and Charles O'Donnell of Illies come face to face and there should be little between the two at the end.

The finals start at 7.30pm.


Light-flyweight: Peter Brady (Holy Trinity) Walkover

Fly: Ciaran McConville (Gilford) v Tyrone McCullough (Illies GG)

Bantam: Ruari Dalton (St. Johns) v Prabjoj Singh (Letterkenny)

Feather: Paul Hyland (Gleann) v Cathal Owens (Glenard)

Light: Sean Magee (Ligoniel) v Ronan McCann (Clonoe)

Light-welter: James McDonagh (Dockers) v Charles O'Donnell (Illies GG)

Welter: Shaun McShane (Dungloe) v Chris Boyle (D/Fanaghy).

Light-middle: William Ball (Monkstown) v Alfredo Meli (Immaculata)

Middle: Paul Ferguson (Ring) v Martin Lynch (Illies GG)

Light-heavy: Patrick McKenna (M/Heagney) v Thomas McCarthy (O/Plunkett)

Cruiser: Luke Cadden (Cavan) v Daniel Brown (Braid)

Heavy: Sean O'Brien (Scorpion) v Martin Stokes (Letterkenny)

Super-heavy: Charles Hillick (S.J. Bosco, Belfast) Walkover

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