Tommy McCarthy all but put Ditsy Joyce to sleep with a massive right hand to claim his first Irish Senior title and keep alive his Olympic dream last Friday night.
It wasn’t quite third time lucky as the jovial giant won a final at the third attempt. McCarthy dominated completely before producing the punch of the night to seal his victory in style.
At 21 the Oliver Plunket’s pugilist is maturing into a talented heavyweight and having lost twice to Kenny Egan in deciders past he is adamant it is now time for him dominated the glamourous weight class.
“I am absolutely delighted. I have been trying to achieve this since I was 13 to finally get it I am over the moon,” a delighted McCarthy said after his win.
“I was in two finals before. My first final against Egan was just after he came back from Beijing and then next one-against Kenny again- when he got his life back on track. I met him at his best and gave a good account of myself both times. I got a win in a final now and I am delighted. Hopefully I can dominate for years to come.”
The manner in which the way the victory came and the fact it played out in front of a standing room only National Stadium made the victory all the sweeter for McCarthy.
“The way I won it was brilliant. I have never trained harder in my life and I am delighted I won with that shot in front of a packed Stadium. I know everyone was here for Egan and Ward but they stayed and I am happy I got to show them what I can do.”
The majority of finalists were singing of the one fight at a time hymn sheet refusing to think about the Olympic ramifications victory would bring.
The Ulster Heavyweight was the opposite however, as he used his London 2012 ambitions as motivation.
“I was thinking about the Olympics before I got into the ring. I knew if I lost my dream would be over. I really want to go to London. It is going to be hard to get there but I know I am capable. There is only one place left so I have to win the qualifiers, but I believe in myself and my power. Right hands like tonight don’t come all the time but I will keep looking at them.”