Irish Olympic hope Hospitalised after assault

Updated: February 24, 2012

Irish Elite Heavyweight champion and Olympic hope Tommy McCarthy has been released from hospital following a recent assault in Belfast, on a night out.

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McCarthy was an inpatient for two days and later spent a week convalescing at his Belfast home following an incident in which he was concussed, according to BBC Northern Ireland Sport.

It is also understood that he suffered a neck injury in the assault.

The Oliver Plunkett clubman is due to represent Ireland in April’s final Olympic qualifier in Trabzon, Turkey and despite the recent assault is hopeful that he will stay be able to do so.

A reminder that in the European 91kg heavyweight division there is only one available slot at the Turkish qualifier.

In the 2012 Irish Elite final, McCarthy landed his first Irish Elite title at the third time of asking. The Ulster ace, who was beaten by Ken Egan in the 2009 and 2010 light-heavyweight finals, did it the spectacular way , knocking out Christy Joyce with a big right in the final round.

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