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SMILING SAMMY

Daniel Herbert pays tribute to former British champion 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.

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