After a top quality finale, Pat McCormack thinks about boxing the best of the best and what comes next. He’s talking to John Dennen
With the UK team claiming the UK’s biggest Olympic boxing medal win in 100 years, a team of remarkable talent will move on to the next phase of their careers. Many become professionals and could usher in a new era in British professional boxing.
Pat McCormack and twin brother Luke are already considering going over. “This team is the best team I’ve ever been on. We broke all records, we won medals in every tournament we participated in, the team is amazing and we will all go on and do great things, ”says Pat Boxing messages. “When you’ve been together in the squad for so long, you’re teammates for life, you’ve been there everywhere, fought together in these tournaments, supported each other, called for each other. Everyone goes through the same things and everyone strives for the same dream so that we will be friends for life. “
The gold medal favorite lost its welterweight final after a brilliant performance by Cuban Roniel Iglesias, who is now an Olympic two-weight champion. “Good experience being with the best of the best. Didn’t feel overwhelmed. I thought I won the first round and he only won the second two. But I’ll learn from it and move on to what’s next, and it will make us a better fighter, “said Pat.”[He’s] Double Olympic gold medalist, I think that was his fourth Olympiad, he took bronze in Beijing when I was 13, so he was for the block and a very, very good fight. “
It was a final at the highest level. McCormack used all his strength to achieve victory, even if he was too far behind on the last lap. He can go without regrets. “I was thrown a bit, I never got the first lap. I lost the first round 4-1 and thought I had won the first round. So I boxed with my hindfoot and felt like after losing the first lap on my hindfoot, I had to attack him a bit. Try to move the fight forward. But it is what it is. I have a silver medal and I am happy, ”he said. “I’m proud of it. I’m going home happy. I’ve won medals at every major tournament. Worlds, Europeans, Commonwealths, Olympics, I’ve ticked all boxes, got medals at all major tournaments and I’m ready for the next step.
“I finish with a high result, it’s not the medal I wanted but it’s still second best so it’s a good platform to get professional and I’m ready for the future.”
His twin brother Luke McCormack with 63 kg also met an outstanding Cuban, Andy Cruz, who has already won two world gold medals. “He [Luke] very well packaged. He’s had a lot of injuries this year, he had a fatigue fracture in his foot and then a shoulder injury, ”said Pat of his brother. “When he got out of here, he won the third place in the world first [Manish Kaushik], Hit him. Good win for him there. Then he pulled the two-time world champion from Cuba and fought well, but obviously never won. It will put him in a good position for the pros. Standing in the ring with someone like that is probably like the Mayweather of amateur boxing. He’ll probably win gold again, he’s that good. “
“The support has been amazing, all the news and all the news on social media, everyone wishes us all the best and tells us to be proud of what I’ve done. So the support has been incredible and it will be good to take the next step and everyone will be able to watch us up close, ”he concluded. “That’s just the beginning. It’s like training and I’ve passed my training, doing everything I can to be ready for the next step and hopefully bigger and better things. “