LEBA Archive

A key part of our aim in creating this website is to catalogue and give context to photographs, documents and other archival objects that help to represent London's rich boxing heritage. If an item relates to an individual featured in the East End Boxing Lives project, it can also be found in that part of the site. But we continue to collect and upload a much wider range of images as we build an extensive database of London boxing artefacts.

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Sammy McCarthy

born: 05/09/1931

Sammy McCarthy was known as amateur boxing's 'golden boy' losing only seven of about ninety unpaid contests and representing England four times. He remains one of the finest boxers never to win an ABA title.

Sammy was only 19 when he was persuaded to turn professional and was voted, The best British-born boxer of 1951 by Boxing News. In 1954 Sammy challenged for the European featherweight championship losing to Jean Sneyers of Belgium. However later that year he became British featherweight champion by beating Ronnie Clayton. (Nick Dirs)

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Fight History
44 (KO's 26)
Divisions fought in


⊕  International Boxing at Streatham Ice Rink, 29 November 1955

⊕  Sammy McCarthy

⊕  Spinks' First Professional Contest

⊕  Famous boxing figures assembled for the last show at Harringay Arena

⊕  York Hall Bill

⊕  With Sammy McCarthy
British featherweight champion 1954-55; British lightweight challenger 1956
⊕  Sammy McCarthy
The Excel Centre
⊕  Excel 2011 - Olympic Boxing Trials