McCormack secures shot a World gold

September 20, 2019 | by Matt Halfpenny


Pat McCormack will attempt to become only the second England boxer after Frankie Gavin to win an amateur world title when he goes for gold tomorrow (Saturday).

The Birtley ABC boxer, part of the GB programme, booked his place in the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 final at Weltwerweight (Under 69kg) after beating Uzbekistan boxer Bobo-Usmon Baturov by a unanimous 5-0 margin.

The 23-year-old will now go on to face Russian Andrei Zamkovoi who was also a unanimous points winner over Ablaikhan Zhussupov of Kazakhstan.

Gavin became the Three Lions’ only previous winner at this level when he outpointed Italian Domenico Valentino in Chicago in 2007.

England’s other two semi-finalists had to settle for bronze medals after losing out in the last four.

Peter McGrail was beaten 4-1 by number one seed Lazaro Jorge Alavarez Estrada at bantamweight (Under 57kg), while  Ben Whittaker went down to a unanimous verdict against Uzbekistan’s Dilshodbe Ruzmetov.