Sunderland Boxer Pat McCormack claims Commonwealth Gold

Written by on 16th April 2018

Sunderland born Welterweight Pat McCormack delivered on his aim for a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The boxer claimed a unanimous victory over Northern Irish opponent Aidan Walsh in the final on Saturday.

McCormack who competed at both the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has cited Anthony Joshua as his inspiration.

The Birtley based fighter will be looking to emulate the rise Joshua has enjoyed following his Olympic win in 2012.

Joshua also lives and trains with the GB squad that McCormack is a part of for parts of the year.

McCormack told the Sunderland Echo:ย โ€œAnthony has made a great contribution, he is in the gym all the time and he started on the squad that we are now on, coming to these tournaments.โ€

โ€œThis gold medal feels great, I was a bit young in Glasgow and two weights lighter so I was killing myself at the weight but since then I have experienced an Olympics and the pressure didnโ€™t get to us. I boxed well when it mattered.โ€

The Englishman had far too much class for Walsh, who sat back and refused to engage with his opponent, and having watched his twin brother Luke suffer a disappointing defeat in his semi-final Pat had extra motivation to deliver a gold.

Luke McCormack wasnโ€™t left empty-handed despite losing his light welterweight semi-final to eventual winner Jonas Jonas of Namibia as he returns from the Gold Coast with a bronze medal.

Meanwhile, North Yorkshireโ€™s Jack Laugher is coming home from the Gold Coast with three gold medals from the diving pool having scooped success in the 1m springboard and 3m springboard.

He then won his third gold in the 3m synchronised diving with partner Chris Mears.

Olympic Champion swimmer Adam Peaty, Gynmanst Nile Wilson and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson helped of contribute to Team Englandโ€™s 45 gold medals of the games.

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