‘It’s all worth it for a moment like this’ – Emotional teen Brandon McCarthy enjoys first National Elite success

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Brandon McCarthy maintained his 100 percent National Championship record, but couldn’t quite maintain his composure on Friday night.

The teen defeated fellow respected underage graduate Barry McReynolds 5-0 in the 60kg decider to collect his 15th Irish title.

It’s was the same outcome for the Kilkenny man, but the celebrations after were that bit different.

Friday was McCarthy’s first National Elite win and it certainly meant a lot.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com just moments after his victory and an emotional period of celebration with his family and coaches he said: “Its an amazing feeling, I can’t get over it.

“Its been a dream of mine since I started boxing. Its tough behind the scenes. No one sees the hard work you put in and everyone is making sacrifices for you, my family my coaches everyone but it is all worth it for a moment like this.”

McCarthy started the fight well, he brought the fight to McReynolds from the off and pointed out that was the game plan going into a battle of two young talents.

“With the fight only being three rounds, its important to start fast and I did that here tonight, that was the game plan.

“I set the pace and kept coming forward and he didn’t know what to do then. He had to chase the fight from then on instead of me and it settled me down. I felt more comfortable with the first round under my belt”

McCarthy, whose girlfriend Daina Moorehouse was also successful in her bid to win an Elite title on Friday, wasn’t overly keen to look to far down the road.

The young prospect was happy to just to rejoice in the moment.

“To even be in the final was amazing, but I think I just performed on the night when it was needed. I have done it, so I’m buzzing with it now.”


Josh Reid McCabe

Boxing fanatic, part-time writer for the Star newspaper Email mccabejosh3@gmail.com