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Sammy McCarthy passes away

Daniel Herbert pays tribute to former British champion Sammy McCarthy
Sammy McCarthy

SAMMY McCARTHY, who has died of cancer at 88, was a big amateur talent who became British featherweight champion as a pro in an era when there was tough competition in both codes of the sport.

Yet there was always the feeling that, if not for bad luck or bad choices, the man from Stepney in London’s East End might have done even better.
He was British champion for just six months, and had his last fight aged just 25 years old.

But if his peak proved short, he had certainly found fame: his 1956 wedding photo made the front page of the Daily Mirror and his retirement announcement came live on television’s hugely popular This Is Your Life programme.