4th August 2011
Birtley flyweight Pat McCormack was crowned world junior champion in Astana, Kazahkstan on Saturday while Sunderland light-welterweight Isaac Macleod came away with a silver medal.
McCormack beat India’s Naveen Kumar 8-4 to win the title. Victory capped a remarkable two months for McCormack, who also recently claimed European gold in Hungary. Macleod came up short against Uzbekistan’s Tamerlan Magomedov as he dropped a 17-4 verdict and had to settle for a creditable runners-up spot in a tough competition.
Mark Abberley, Chief Executive of the Amateur Boxing Association of England said: ‘This is a fantastic performance by both boxers. ‘To have two finalists in the World Junior Championships is a major achievement and augurs very well for the future.
It is a sign of the depth of talent we possess in this country and means that even at this very early stage we can look forward to the Olympic Games in 2016 with confidence.” Mark Abberley, ABAE Chief Executive Officer
Two members of the Amateur Boxing Scotland team reached the quarter finals of the competition, where they came up against stiff competition from notoriously tough nations.
Fraser Gorn’s chance of a medal was halted by a single point’s difference when he lost 9:8 to Israil Madrinov of Uzbekistan at 60kg, while Russia’s Dzhabreil Vizirkhanan blocked Aidan McGlyn’s path to the semi finals with a 22:7 victory.