Pat McCormack is one of the most promising talents in British boxing. The 26-year-old from Washington, Tyne and Wear, has an impressive resume as an amateur and a professional boxer. He is the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, the 2019 European Games gold medallist, the 2019 World Championships silver medallist, and the 2020 Olympic Games silver medallist in the welterweight division. He also represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in the light welterweight division.
McCormack started boxing at the age of 11, following his twin brother Luke, who is also a boxer. They both joined the Birtley ABC club, where they trained under Graeme Rutherford. McCormack soon showed his talent and potential, winning several national and international titles as a junior and a youth. He became part of the GB Boxing squad in 2013 and made his senior debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where he reached the quarter-finals.
McCormack’s breakthrough year was 2015, when he won the gold medal at the European Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria, beating Vitaly Dunaytsev of Russia in the final. He also won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, losing to Fazliddin Gaibnazarov of Uzbekistan in the semi-final. He qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he lost to Yasnier Toledo of Cuba in the round of 16.
McCormack moved up to welterweight in 2017 and continued his success at the European level. He won the gold medal at the European Championships in Kharkiv, Ukraine, beating Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy in the final. He also won the gold medal at the EU Championships in Valladolid, Spain, beating Kastriot Sopa of Germany in the final.
In 2018, McCormack achieved his first major title at the Commonwealth level. He won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, beating Aidan Walsh of Northern Ireland in the final. He also won a silver medal at the Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany, losing to Roniel Iglesias of Cuba in the final.
In 2019, McCormack had his best year as an amateur boxer. He won the gold medal at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus, beating Parviz Baghirov of Azerbaijan in the final. He also won the silver medal at the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia, losing by split decision to Andrey Zamkovoy of Russia in the final. He qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where he was seeded number one and considered one of the favourites for gold.
In 2021, McCormack fulfilled his dream of winning an Olympic medal. He reached the final of the welterweight division after beating Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus, Bobo-Usmon Baturov of Uzbekistan, Aiden Walsh of Ireland (by walkover), and Aidan Walsh’s brother Michael Walsh of Ireland. In the final, he faced Roniel Iglesias again, who had beaten him three years earlier at the Chemistry Cup. This time, Iglesias proved to be too experienced and skilful for McCormack and won by unanimous decision. McCormack settled for silver but was proud of his achievement.
After returning from Tokyo, McCormack decided to turn professional and signed a deal with Probellum Boxing. He made his pro debut on March 26th 2022 at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena against Justin Menzie, a veteran boxer with a record of five wins and six losses. McCormack wasted no time and stopped Menzie with a body shot in just one minute and 38 seconds. He declared his ambition to become a world champion and follow in the footsteps of Canelo Alvarez, who is regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Pat McCormack is a rising star in British boxing who has already accomplished a lot as an amateur and has started his professional career with a bang. He has speed, power, skill, and charisma that make him an exciting fighter to watch. He has a bright future ahead of him and could become one of Britain’s best boxers ever.