PAT McCormack is guaranteed an Olympic medal at the Tokyo 2020 games after taking yet another victory this morning to advance to the men’s boxing semifinals .
Following his unanimous win in the quarterfinals earlier this week, the welterweight world number one fought to a 4-1 win over Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov today and will now leave Japan with a bronze medal at the very least.
In a hard scrap with Baturov this morning, Washington-born McCormack sustained a cut above his right eye which could come into play when he faces Aiden Walsh this Sunday in the semifinals.
The two are no strangers inside the ring – McCormack has beaten the Irishman at the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and in the Olympic qualifiers for Tokyo, making him the bookies’ favourite to head for the finals.
With the other two quarterfinal bouts to be staged later today, the Birtley ABC boxer could face one of four opponents in the finals if he beats Walsh this weekend.
Roniel Iglesias of Cuba will go up against the USA’s Delante Johnson later this morning, before Georgia’s Eskerkhan Madiev takes on Andrey Zamkovoy of the ROC.
McCormack joins Team GB compatriot Ben Whitaker who is also guaranteed a medal after after winning via split decision (3-2) against Brazil’s Keno Machado in the light-heavyweight quarterfinals today.
Over in the lightweight ranks, Pat’s brother Luke will face Cuban Andy Cruz tomorrow at 10:03am UK time as he looks to move from the round of 16 to the quarters.