McCormack looking for a run of fights

Luke McCormack on his way to the GB title
Luke McCormack on his way to the GB title
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Luke McCormack is looking to translate domestic bliss into international glory.

The Washington boxer has arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic test event.

Luke’s year has been affected by daft, niggling injuries.

McCormack is part of a strong Great Britain side and is in good heart following his success in the GB Championship.

The 20-year-old lightweight defeated late substitute Jordan Flynn to clinch the trophy.

Classic McCormack it was not but given a stop-start year and an unlucky points defeat last time out at the Feliks Stamm Memorial tournament in Poland in September, it represnted a good night’s work.

And the Washington boxer’s club coach Graeme Rutherford says the event in Rio is just what the doctor ordered for his boxer.

“He boxed well considering he’s had a long lay-off,” said the Birtley ABC boss. “Luke’s year has been affected by daft, niggling injuries.

“He’s been a bit frustrated – he’s a talented kid and he wants to be doing better than he has been.

“But he’s just not been able to put a long run togther.

“I’d have liked the GB Championships to have been a four-man competition so Luke could box a semi and final.

“He needs bouts. It was vital though he got the Flynn contest before going to Rio with the GB squad.

“Obviously, I want him to come back with a gold medal but getting a run of bouts under his belt is what he needs the most.

“It’s like a footballer coming back from injury, you can train all you like but you get your touch back by playing games.

“For a boxer it’s the same – you can do as much sparring as you want but youonly get your timing through fights.”

Luke, one half of the McCormack fighting twins – sibling Pat is GB’s top man at U64 kilos – won with a little bit of comfort against Flynn at Sheffield.

The European Games boxer got dragged into some ugly stuff at times but was well worth his unanimous points verdict.

“It’s hard having bouts when your opponent doesn’t want to fight,” said Rutherford. “Once Luke hit him, the lad didn’t want to know.

“Luke boxed well at times and it was important to get the rounds under his belt.”