The British Lionhearts team exceeded all expectations during the Group Stage of WSB Season VI, topping a tough group to reach the quarter-finals with ease. Boasting a strong squad across all the weight classes, it was EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships silver medallist Pat McCormack who stood out, with important wins helping to earn him the WSB Boxer of the Regular Season title.
“I am chuffed to bits that I have been voted boxer of the group stages because all the best boxers in the world are in WSB, so I am over the moon to have been picked. I really enjoy the extra two rounds and the slower pace lets you relax more, pick your punches, and enjoy it more. I beat two top fighters in the USA Knockouts’ Gary Russell and a Mexican fighter who has already qualified for the Rio Olympics, so they were two very good wins for me. British Lionhearts have been outstanding this year against world class opponents,” said a delighted McCormack after receiving the award.
Englishman McCormack was born in Sunderland in 1995 and trains at the famous Birtley Amateur Boxing Club with his twin brother and fellow national team member Luke, under the tutelage of coach Graeme Rutherford.
At the age of 14, Patrick had his first taste of major success, winning the English Junior National Boxing Championships in Sheffield at the 44kg weight class, and a year later he registered for his first continental event, the 2011 EUBC European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Hungary. Boxing at flyweight, the youngster blew away the rest of the field to take the gold, firmly establishing himself as a major breakthrough talent.
Travelling to the 2011 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships as favourite in the flyweight class, McCormack again wowed the crowds in Astana, beating India’s Naveen Kumar in the final to win gold.
After several national titles and some tough international bouts at Youth level, McCormack burst onto the elite stage in 2014, winning his two first matches with the national side in Kazakhstan against strong Russian and Uzbek rivals. Crowned English National Champion later that year, McCormack was then involved in one of the most memorable bouts of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, only narrowly losing out to Joseph Cordina.
After moving up to light welterweight, the Englishman took silver at the Bocskai Memorial Tournament before making it through another tough field to the European Confederation final in Bulgaria, only losing out to Russia’s AIBA World Champion Vitaly Dunaytsev.
All of which made McCormack a logical choice for the British Lionhearts squad, and his campaign began with a spectacular triumph over USA Knockouts’ National Olympic Trials winner Gary Russell in Miami. McCormack followed that with a brilliant win over Mexico Guerreros star Raul Curiel in the best bout of Week Six, helping him to a well-deserved Boxer of the Regular Season award.