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Tokyo 2020: Washington-born Pat McCormack dominates to reach boxing quarterfinals

WASHINGTON-born boxer Pat McCormack is heading for the Olympic welterweight quarterfinals after winning by unanimous decision today.

The 26-year-oldworld number one, who boxes at home with Birtley ABC, secured victory on day four of Tokyo 2020 as he defeated Aliaksandr Radzionau of Belarus five-nil on the judge’s scorecards in a dominant display.

It means McCormack becomes the second member of Team GB’s boxing ranks to reach the quarter-finals where he will go up against Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov to fight for medal contention.

“I felt like it was comfortable today, it was messy at times, but I thought I won easily,” he said.

“I have beaten the Uzbek, who has just won the first fight there, but I want to beat him and rule the world.

“There is no bigger prize in sport than an Olympic gold medal. I have dreamed of that since watching Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell win it.”

McCormack is scheduled to fight Baturov this Friday, July 30, at 4:36am UK time.

Meanwhile in the lightweight ranks, Pat’s twin brother Luke McCormack has made it through to the round of 16 after his 4-1 victory over Manish Kaushik
of India on Sunday.

Luke will now face Cuba’s Andy Cruz on Saturday, July 31, just after 10am, as he boxes for his own place in the quarterfinals.