TWIN brothers and twin success.
That was the story of the 128th England Boxing Elite National Championships – better known as the ABAs.
Brothers Luke and Pat McCormack both brought titles back to Washington after a stunning weekend in Liverpool.
Luke lifted the U60 kilo crown by outpointing Jack Wood (Wednesbury) just minutes before Pat completed the double at U64 kilo when he beat Hoddesdon’s Alfie Price.
For Luke, his first title in the senior ranks was made all the more satisfying by having to achieve it the hard way.
On paper, at least, it looked easy given he was seeded number one and with a bye to the last eight.
But the 19-year-old suffered a cut at the start of his quarter-final against Cory O’Regan, a wound above his left eye which would re-open in his semi, a derby win over Hartlepool’s Adam Cope.
He came through both before making it a hat-trick of unanimous points wins by beating Wood.
“It feels absolute class,” said the teenager who boxes for Birtley. “I really enjoyed the weekend.
“It’s nice to win my first tournament as a senior and for Pat to come away with the title makes it even better.
“There was a lot of pressure on me because of my seeding.
“But, to be honest, the pressure spurred me on, just justify that I was number one.
“The cut happened in the first minute of the first round of my quarter-final.
“It was quite distracting and it meant I couldn’t work inside like I would normally do.
“But I was determined I was not going to let that stop me winning the title and I’m chuffed to bits I did it.”
Pat, also a member of Great Britain’s Podium squad, was just as superb over the three days which climaxed domestic amateur boxing’s modst famous competition.
After stopping the Royal Navy’s Luke Fisher in the third round of his quarter-final, he too had a derby in the lastb four.
Pat beat Darren Richardson (East Durham) by a unanimous points verdict to go through to the Sunday showpiece, where he outpointed London champ Price.
“He boxed class,” said Luke. “I didn’t see him get hit.”
It was a historic moment for the McCormacks, Washington and club Birtley.
They became the second pair of twins to win national titles on the same day, equalling the feat of Darren and Stewart Langley 10 years ago.
“It would have been nice if we had been the first twins,” smiled Luke.
“But it was a proud moment and we’d like to thank Graeme Rutherford at Birtley for everything.”
The Birtley coach had another title to celebrate when Callum French outpointed home favourite Peter McGrail (Everton Red Triangle) at U56 kilo.
“It was great Callum won and Cyrus Pattinson lost to Connor Loftus at 69 and that was a class fight.”