Boxing Lives Project

« Back to listings

Sammy McCarthy

born: 05/09/1931

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

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)

Sammy McCarthy
British featherweight champion 1954-55; British lightweight challenger 1956

⊕   zoom
© copyright Nick Dirs

Related Images

⊕  Spinks' First Professional Contest

⊕  With Sammy McCarthy

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

⊕  International Boxing at Streatham Ice Rink, 29 November 1955

⊕  Sammy McCarthy

⊕  York Hall Bill
The Excel Centre
⊕  Excel 2011 - Olympic Boxing Trials