Introducing: Craig ‘Built2Last’ McCarthy

A decorated amateur and an all-round talented fighter, Craig McCarthy however is promising wars as he enters into his pro career.

The Waterford middleweight has turned professional following a long stint in the amateurs, and 30 year old McCarthy knows he has to entertain in the paid game.

His first fight comes in just over two weeks time, with the Déise southpaw boxing on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Champions Elect’ call at the National Stadium on Saturday October 7th.

A recognisable name to Stadium regulars, McCarthy was always just behind Olympians Steven Donnelly and Adam Nolan in the pecking order

Looking back at his career, McCarthy told that “I’ve seven Munster titles, one Irish title, represented Ireland on the High Performance team at Elite Senior level and got some good wins for my country. I got a bronze medal in the World Golden Gloves but was on the wrong side of the decision.”

“I’ve mixed it with some of the best in world and won some and lost some.”

“I can be a very classy, slippery, southpaw on the back foot countering – or I can stand toe-to-toe pushing forward, banging very hard. Depends on fight really, you can expect the latter one!”

“My fans can expect an explosive hard hitting war, I’m gonna smash it and make sure every single ticket buyer gets value for their hard earned cash.”

McCarthy is loving life as a pro since announcing his intention to make the move at the start of summer and believes that he is made for the professional side of the sport.

The St Paul’s graduate described how it is “a bit of adjustment, obviously, it’s totally different sport – but I’ve taken to it like it was always meant to be for me.”

“It suits me so much more sitting down on my shots using my strength and power.”

“Training as a professional has been just absolutely brilliant. I’m happy again and loving every single session.”

“I’m loving what I’m doing and loving learning my new trade. Just a man having lots of fun, loving life.”

McCarthy hasn’t turned pro on a whim, and has sincere top level ambitions.

He outlined how “the short term plan is staying fight ready, always fit and in shape, and keeping active”

“Long term plan is to grab them titles and make money.”

“I wouldn’t have turned over if I didn’t 100% believe in my absolute ability to make it as a successful pro boxer.”

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Joe O'Neill

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