McCarthy joins Nevin's pro stable
THE heavyweight title will lie vacant at next month's Irish Elite Championships after Belfast's Tommy McCarthy turned pro with John Joe Nevin's stable.
The two-time Irish Elite champion inked a deal with Berkeley Sports and Media of the UK and Green Blood of Philadelphia yesterday.
The AIBA world No 9 heavyweight joins Irish fighters Nevin, Anthony Cacace, Tyrone McKenna and Ray Ginley at the stable. McCarthy, a bronze medal winner at the 2008 World Youths who beat Jimmy Sweeney in the 2013 Elite final, reached the last eight at the World Championships in October.
He'll fight in America and the UK and could make his pro debut on St Patrick's Day at the House of Blues in Boston on a card which will include London 2012 silver medallist Nevin.
"I am looking forward to the new challenge ahead in the pro ranks," said the 23-year-old former Commonwealth Games silver medallist.
Irish pair Stephen Healy and Stuart Grehan moved up the leaderboard in the South American Amateur Championship in Columbia with greatly improved performances.
Grehan from Tullamore had bogeys on the final two holes, but a level-par 72 was still one of the best performances of the day; he lies joint 32nd after three rounds.
Healy, a former Irish Boys Champion from Claremorris, shot a three-over-par 75 that moved him up to a share of 26th.