British Lionhearts’ Luke McCormack joins his twin brother Pat in the list of WSB Season VI award winners after being voted the Boxer of the Quarter-Finals. The young lightweight helped his side to an emphatic win over Ukraine Otamans last weekend in London, setting up a two-leg Semi-Final showdown against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan on 26 – 27 May.
Luke McCormack was born in Sunderland in 1995 and trains with his brother at the famous Birtley Amateur Boxing Club under coach Graeme Rutherford. McCormack’s first taste of success came in 2009 with gold at the England Schoolboys Championships, followed by silver at the British Schoolboys Championships. At 14, he was selected to take part in the 2009 EUBC European Confederation Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Anapa, Russia, starting his international experience that continued with silver at the 2011 European Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Hungary.
At home, several national youth and junior titles established the youngster as a star of the future, and McCormack was finally drafted in to the national side in 2014, defeating Uzbekistan’s talented Murodjon Akhmadaliev in Kazakhstan.
The British Lionhearts’ lightweight made his WSB debut in Season V with a fine win over Morocco Atlas Lions’ Abdellah Boudrar, but it was his Season VI Quarter-Finals victory over Ukraine Otamans’ Vitaly Solyanik that firmly established him as a key member of the Lionhearts team. Having effectively stymied Solyanik’s attacks in the early rounds, McCormack unleashed some well-timed left uppercuts in the fourth round and right hooks in the fifth to take the bout and help power his team into the Semi-Finals for the first time.