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Boxing: Ireland ace McCarthy set for Milan deal

ULSTER senior light-heavyweight champion Tommy McCarthy will today become the third Irish boxer in a week to sign up with the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The Oliver Plunkett clubman -- a bronze medal winner at the 2008 AIBA World Youth Championships -- flies out to Milan today to complete a deal with the Italian side until the end of the WSB season in April.

The 20-year-old teams up with his Irish team-mate Eamon O'Kane with Milan. O'Kane joined the Italians, nicknamed Milano Thunder, on a trial last Friday and signed a three-year deal on Tuesday.

According to a spokesman for Milano Thunder, they are delighted to sign up O'Kane -- a bronze medal winner at the 2008 European Championships -- and there was "mutual happiness" on both sides.


O'Kane and McCarthy won gold and silver for the Northern Ireland team that won a record-breaking haul of three gold and two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.

McCarthy, the current Ulster champion, reached the last two Irish senior finals at the National Stadium, where he was beaten by Ken Egan.

There is a chance that both Irish boxers could meet again in the WSB as Egan boxes at light-heavyweight for Miami in the Americas WSB group. The group winners in the Asian, Americas and European groups plus the best runners-up qualify for the WSB play-off semi-finals in April.

Egan and new Miami signing John Joe Joyce will both be in action when the Florida side meet Los Angeles away tonight. Miami are also interested in securing the services of David Oliver Joyce.

Meanwhile, Milan will meet John Joe Nevin's Paris United in back-to-back fixtures in Paris this Friday night and on January 28. Both sides are joint-top of the European table on 13 points.

Irish Independent