Team GB guaranteed three medals in boxing following wins for McCormack and Whittaker

By 30th July 2021News

Team GB is now guaranteed at least three boxing medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker won their quarter-final bouts.

A superb morning of boxing for Team GB was completed by Caroline Dubois who won her last 16 bout to secure a place in the women’s lightweight quarter-finals on Tuesday (3 August).

The victories for McCormack and Whittaker mean Team GB has equalled the boxing medal count from Rio 2016.

McCormack overcame a ferocious challenge from Uzbekistan’s Bobo Baturov to secure a (4:1) split decision victory in his welterweight contest and set-up a semi-final clash with Ireland’s Aidan Walsh.

Whittaker’s light-heavyweight contest was even tighter and the Team GB man had to win the last round to secure a (3:2) split decision victory over Brazil’s Keno Machado to earn his medal and a place in Sunday’s semi-final against ROC’s Imam Khataev.

Pat McCormack said: “It was a good fight. I got the first two rounds under my belt and got cut in the last one when he was coming in with his head and throwing the kitchen sink at it, but I got through, got the win and I’m over the moon.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, getting a medal at the Olympics, but now it’s time to change the colour. That’s the aim.

“I feel like I’m getting better with each fight and I’m warming into the tournament.  Hopefully I just keep getting better.”

Whittaker said: “I’ve been saying after every fight, a bronze is nothing, a silver’s nothing, but once you get that feeling (of winning a medal), I can’t help but let the emotion out of me. I was crying.  I tried to keep as calm as I could, but I couldn’t help it.

“He (Machado) is my style. A tall, rangy kid and you don’t see many at this weight so I knew it would be hard. I stayed composed and a win is a win.

“That was the hard part, getting the medal.  I’ve pushed through that first door and all I’ve got to do is start changing that colour. Bronze is a lovely colour, but everyone wants gold.

The medals for McCormack and Whittaker capped a superb day in the ring for Team GB which had begun with a victory for Caroline Dubois in her second round lightweight contest.

The 20-year-old overcame the USA’s 2019 world championship medallist Rashida Ellis to set-up a quarter-final with Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.

Dubois said: “It felt good. She’s talented, we knew that. She’s got fast hands and she has fought at high levels against all types of styles, so we knew she was going to bring something. Before the fight she was talking loudly and being cocky but I didn’t let it bother me.   My game was to win and get an Olympic gold medal. She’s just a hurdle, not the goal.

“I know they (the rest of the competitors) will be looking at me and thinking she’s inexperienced and she hasn’t done anything so it’s time to prove I deserve my place here and I’m coming here for gold.”

 Great Britain has four boxers in action tomorrow (Saturday 31stJuly).

First up and boxing for a medal is Lauren Price. The number one seed in the middleweight division will take on Panama’s Atheyna Bylon at approximately 05.00am UK Time.

Moving into the day’s second session and Galal Yafai is up against Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba for a quarter-final spot at approximately 09.15am UK Time.

He will be soon followed by Luke McCormack who takes on World Championship gold medallist Andy Cruz of Cuba in the lightweight last 16 at approximately 10.00am UK Time.

Concluding the day’s action will be Karriss Artingstall. The featherweight has already guaranteed herself a medal but takes on Japan’s Sena Irie tomorrow’s semi-final with gold still to play for. She will enter the ring at approximately 11.20am UK Time.

Today’s results

 Lightweight 60kg – Caroline Dubois vs Rashida Ellis USA – Caroline wins via split decision (3:0)

Welterweight 69kg – Pat McCormack vs Bobo Baturov UZB – Pat wins via split decision (4:1)

Light-heavyweight 81kg – Ben Whittaker vs Keno Machado BRAZ – Ben wins via split decision (3:2)

Tomorrow’s bout info

Middleweight 75kg – Lauren Price vs Atheyna Bylon PAN – 05.00am UK Time

Flyweight 52kg – Galal Yafai vs Patrick Chinyemba ZAM – 09.15am UK Time

Lightweight 63kg – Luke McCormack vs Andy Cruz CUB – 10.00am UK Time

Featherweight 57kg – Karriss Artingstall vs Sena Irie JPN – 11.20am UK Time

How to watch the action can be found here.

 The results of all the bouts involving boxers from Great Britain will be posted on GB Boxing’s social media channels and at www.gbboxing.org,.uk.

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