Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy the 22 years old who boxes out of the Oliver Plunkett Club got Ireland’s 2013 AIBA World Championships team off to a winning start.
He had a convincing 3-0 win over Bulgarian champion, Nikolay Mutavski in Almaty on Monday and next up meets Canada’s Samir El-Mais in Friday’s last 32 encounter.
The Belfast boxer was well on top against Mutavski gaining the decision from all three judges - 29-28 , 30-27 and 29-28 . On Friday he meets the three time Canadian heavyweight titleholder , Windsor-based, El-Mais , a native of the United Arab Emirates.
El-Mais moved to Windsor with his family 20 years ago from Lebanon and has twice retired from the ring, only to make a return in the hope of qualifying for London 2012. This he did only to lose out to Argentina’s Yamil Peralta
whom he had earlier defeated in the 2011 Worlds.
Having defeated Mutavski , McCarthy is quietly confident of defeating El-Mais . After his opening win he tweeted : “Tommy McCarthy @Tommymac90
Yes Tommy MaC did it again tonight! I won well n Got the ball rolling for team Ireland!! #macattack”
Irish Team Manager, Paul McMahon also praised the Belfast man adding : ““Tommyperformed very well today and we’re delighted to have made a winning start to the tournament”.
Sean McComb and Ray Moylette will be in action at the 100-nation tournament on Tuesdayand on current form would be expected to win.
Meanwhile, Paddy Barnes will face Milos Baltic in the last-32 on Friday after the Serb edged out China’s Qingxian Mai on a split decision on the opening day.
AIBA World Men’s Elite Championships Almaty, Kazakhstan
91kg Tommy McCarthy (Ireland) beat Nikolay Mutavski (Bulgaria) 3-0
60kg Sean McComb (Ireland) v Almog Briga (Israel)
64kg Ray Moylette (Ireland) v Alexandros Tsanikidis (Greece)