Sean “The Silent Assassin” McCarthy And His Indelible Spirit

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Last Saturday I spent the evening with amateur boxers from all over Boston and New York for a fundraising event at the Park Plaza Castle.

I was asked to be the driver/trainer/corner man/water boy for one of the contestants.  Of course I said yes.

Sean McCarthy, “The Silent Assassin” fought an exhibition match after the seventh fight and he gave it his all for the 3, one minute rounds.

Vinnie Pazienza, the Rhode Island native and former World Champion, was there in Sean’s corner as well.  He leaned over to me at one point and said, “Look at that kid.  He’s giving him great body shots.  I can’t believe his spirit.”

And Paz was right.  Sean’s spirit was undeniable.  He never stopped, never gave up, and kept pushing forward with all his might.

Sean has Cerebral Palsy, a disease which impairs muscle coordination.  He has a hard time walking and if he’s stationary for any length of time, his muscles tighten and it becomes increasingly difficult to move.

But he never let any of that get in the way of achieving his goal to fight in a boxing ring.

He gets up every day at 4:30 am and makes his way to the first of two gyms to do strength training.  After a quick stop home to refuel, he zips over to Bay Shore Athletic Club in Braintree to spar for a couple of hours.

And his hard work has paid off.  He single-handedly raised well over $1000 for the fundraiser and inspired every single person at the event that night, including Vinnie Paz, someone who knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity.

Paz was involved in a car crash and was told he’d never fight again, only to come back to beat future WBC World Jr. Middleweight Champion Luis Santana by a 10 round decision.

So when the Pazmanian Devil stepped into the ring to put a medal around Sean’s neck, the place erupted.  Every person was on their feet and I had goosebumps from head to toe.

But what really put me over the edge that night was when Stephen, Sean’s older brother, came over to where Sean was resting after the fight.

He hugged Sean, looked him in the eye, and tearily said, “Sean, it doesn’t matter what’s on the outside buddy”, gesturing to Sean’s body.  He then tapped Sean’s head and then his heart and said, “What matters is what’s in here Sean.  I’m so proud of you.  You’re an inspiration to a lot of people.”

Sean just held up his fists defiantly, always the fighter, and smiled.

I stepped away from the tender moment for two reasons; first to give the family their privacy and secondly because my eyes seemed to be leaking too, but not from sadness.  I was crying because of the indelible spirit of a kid from Milton, Massachusetts, who, despite being dealt a tough hand in life,  never complains and who ALWAYS pushes as hard as he possibly can.

I recently came across this quote from Thomas Jefferson.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Here’s to you Champ!

  1. Mike Breen says:

    Geat article about a gerat person. I’ve known Sean since he played Sgroi Ball at Cunningham Park. The Man is a machine!!

  2. New York Fire Department and Massachusetts Law Enforcement Battle At The Castle

    By: Daniel Miltz – Editor @ Miltz Boxing News

    (Boston, Massachusetts)– On Saturday, April 30, 2011, The Castle, Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts hosted the Battle of the Badges III boxing event. The evening’s comradery kicked off it’s annual boxing event matching the New York Fire Department and Massachusetts Law Enforcement (Fire, Police, and Corrections) in a hero against hero, do-or-die battle (literally speaking) for the benefit of ”The Edwin Rodriguez Foundation” and other local charities.

    In addition, many of Boston’s preeminent pro and amateur boxers were in attendance for this night of combat entertainment.

    The twilight affair had seventeen match-ups that kept the 400 plus fans in attendance on the edge of their seats right through to the end. In addition, every match was an awesome display of resilience and may even surpass the previous Battle matches of the past at the Castle… thus, this one night certainly did in a big way.

    In a special bout during the intermission, Sean ”The Quiet Man” McCarthy steam-rolled over Keith ”The Crippler Burke” with very effective short, crisp punches in a rematch display of tough fisticuff action. McCarthy who now improves to (3-0) had an astounding reception from the roaring crowd after the bout. I asked McCarthy about his game plan and he remarked: ”I had no game plan, I had to do what I was suppose to do.” A special medal was awarded to the two brave warriors of the night.

    Afterwards, I caught up with former two time world champion and local hero Vinnie Pazienza and queried him about his reactions to the special bout. he said: ”It was really inspiring to see, I was so proud to put a medal around their neck, they thought I was giving them GOLD.” ….Powerful moment with the ”Pazman.”

    Overall, the fight night festivities was a major satisfaction between the NYFD and N.E. Law Enforcement. Both teams shared ”nothing but praise” for all the sponsors and fans for their support in kicking off the Edwin Rodriguez Foundation and making this year’s Battle a success.

    (Miltz Boxing News// > May 2, 2011)

  3. sean f. mccarthy says:

    hey guys good stuff,even though i have a disability,i dont let that get in my way.if you put ur heart and soul into you will be successful in life,and i just prove that,sure i still have the disability,but it just makes me work harder,which i am the you guys know i dont give up.put all ur heart into it,and train smart,and you will be on your way to victory.

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