MAYFIELD BC coach Danny Fitzpatrick believes that two-time Irish champion Michael McCarthy can make an impression at the European Junior Championships.
McCarthy, with Fitzpatrick and Eddie Caulfield in his corner, claimed the Irish lightweight title at the Open Senior Cadets at the National Stadium last Friday.
William Casey, Charleville BC, also won gold after an impressive unanimous decision over Dylan Sherry, while Saoirse Roche (Legacy), Luka Gureshidze (Togher) and Soni Gaffney (Bantry) had to settle for silver.
Barring injury, McCarthy, who is also coached by Brian Cronin and Keith Williams, and Casey will line out for Ireland at the European Juniors in Galati, Romania this summer.
McCarthy earned his gold medal the hard way, winning five fights en route to the top of the lightweight podium.
Friday’s final against Galway’s Paddy Donovan went down to the wire, but McCarthy finished strong to take a 3-2 split decision to claim his second Irish crown and the 16th title for the Mayfield BC.
“He beat one fella, your man was a European silver and bronze medallist. The fella he beat last night never lost an All-Ireland, so he has done it the hard way,” said Fitzpatrick.
“Nothing phases him, he’s a tough young fella. I’d be hoping he could win a medal at the Europeans. Nothing will faze him. I think he’ll take off from here.”
McCarthy and Casey are also in line for selection on the Irish team for a meeting with England in Newcastle on April 20.
They then go into training camp until the start of Europeans on May 23, explained Irish coach Billy McClean who praised McCarthy’s display.
“Michael won five fights and came through a very tough weight class and he certainly deserves his place on the Irish team,” said McClean.
Meantime, Michael O’Brien, President of the Cork Board, hailed the performances of the Leeside contingent at the Stadium last Friday.
“All five athletes can be very proud of their performances and congratulations to their clubs and coaches on magnificent achievements,” he said.