Pat McCormack adds World Championship silver to Russia bronze double

Pat McCormack

Three Great British stars are heading home with a medal after Pat McCormack secured a well-deserved silver medal in Russia.

McCormack had to settle for second place at the AIBA World Championships in Ekaterinburg after losing his welterweight final to Andrei Zamkovoi.

A clash of heads in the second round saw McCormack sustain a cut which led the contest to be stopped. It went to the judges’ who scored it 4:0 in favour of the Russian boxer.

McCormack, 24, said: “It’s been a good week for me and the team but I am gutted with how it ended. I felt like I was starting to get on top. That he was beginning to get tired, but the clash of heads put a stop to it. It’s just one of those things that happens sometimes in boxing.

“I am proud of my silver medal and how I have boxed this week. Not many people from Britain have been to a world final, so I am pleased to have got this far. It’s just a shame about the result.

“It is all about Tokyo now. After this last couple of weeks, I feel that me and the rest of the team are in good shape. We can be confident as we look forward to the Olympics next year.”

McCormack’s silver medal was the highlight of an excellent tournament for Great Britain. A trio of prizes across eight weight categories as light-heavyweight, Ben Whittaker and featherweight, Peter McGrail, both secured bronze to add to McCormack’s effort.

The medal haul ought to have been higher after Frazer Clarke won his super-heavyweight quarter-final against Russia’s Maxim Babanin, only to have the decision reversed by the bout review jury after the host nation appealed against the decision of the ringside judges.

The total of three medals is the joint second best performance ever by a group of boxers from Great Britain at the World Championships. It equals the performance of the group that competed at Chicago in 2007. Had Clarke’s medal not been taken away from him then the team would have equalled the four medals won by boxers from the GB Boxing squad at Baku 2011.


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GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “The standard of this tournament is unbelievably high. To come away with three medals, and know it should have been more, is a fantastic performance.

“The fact we had six boxers in the quarter-finals shows we have strength across the weight categories in this group. It has been a really good team performance.

“All of the boxers and staff should be happy with what they have achieved out here over the last couple of weeks.

“Pat has been absolutely fantastic. It’s just very unfortunate that his final got stopped because of the clash of heads. It looked like he was really starting to come into the contest.

“Overall though, we are very happy with the progress we have seen at this tournament. The squad is going in the right direction.

“The outlook is positive as we look towards the qualifying campaign and the Olympics in Tokyo next year.”

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Amir Khan in talks for Kell Brook fight in 2020

Amir Khan Kell Brook Eddie Hearn Khan vs. BrookBy Kenneth Friedman: Amir Khan states that he’s in negotiations with Eddie Hearn to make his long awaited fight against Kell Brook for early 2020. Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Khan says that he and Brook will both take an interim fight later this year, before moving on to battle each other “early next year.” […]

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Kell Brook Set for Retirement?

By: Shane Willoughby

Earlier this week Eddie Hearn spoke about having once last throw of the dice in an attempt to make Kell Brook vs Amir Khan. But let’s all be honest there is more chance Chris Eubank Sr fighting Nigel Benn for the 3rd time.

The fight isn’t happening. So what does that mean for Kell Brook? He is one of the only credible fighters in the sport who hasn’t boxed this year.

Since his defeat to Errol Spence, Brook has fought bellow par opposition and hasn’t had any big fights. At one stage after moving to super welterweight, it looked as if he was chasing a fight with at the time, IBF champion Jarrett Hurd as he worked himself into a number position.

Then when he was set as the mandatory challenger for the American and Hurd expressed his desire to make that fight, Kell Brook turned the fight down to chase Amir Khan.

Whilst many fight fans were optimistic, thinking they finally will see Brook and Khan square off, it was obvious that it was all smoke and mirrors.

So Brook turned down an opportunity to fight for a world title, to fight no one. It’s very obvious Brook is looking for a cash-out fight. A massive payday to say farewell to the sport.

His attitude outside of the ring is well documented; blowing up in weight in between fights. He obviously doesn’t intend to stick around for much longer.

Once the inevitable happens and Hearn says the famous words Brook vs Khan isn’t happening. What then? Kell brook will retire.

There were talks that Brook was chasing Terence Crawford but with Crawford set to face his mandatory at the end of this year that fight isn’t on the table.

A year of inactivity for any athlete isn’t good, especially one that doesn’t particularly look after his weight when he isn’t in camp. Without a big fight, Kell Brooks days as a professional fighter are numbered.

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