Victory for McCormack, defeat for Kelly

OUTSTANDING DISPLAY: Pat McCormack (left) on his way to the title.
OUTSTANDING DISPLAY: Pat McCormack (left) on his way to the title.
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WASHINGTON boxer Pat McCormack underlined his vast potential when he all but cruised to a national ABA title at the weekend.

Fighting in the 60kg category the 19-year-old beat Leeds’ Jack Daniels in the final and did it with style, earning a unanimous decision.

The Birtley Boxing Club prospect shone in his quarter-final at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday, semi-final on Saturday and final on Sunday and did not drop a single round in any of the bouts.

Like fellow North Easterner and Great Britain boxer Warren Baister, the clinching of the ABA title is also expected to clinch Pat a place in the national squad taking part in the Commonwealth Games in August.

His twin brother Luke was also hoping to take part in finals but illness ruled him out the competition.

While there were huge highs for champions Baister and McCormack, there was disappointment for a trio of other boxers fighting out of Wearside - Houghton ABC’s Josh Kelly, the Olympian Gym’s Thomas Essomba and Wearmouth’s Blaise Yepmou Mendouo.

Kelly, of Houghton ABC, was defending the ABA title he earned last year at Rainton Meadows, and fought number one seed Sam Maxwell in the final.

The final of the 64 kg category was a tremendously skilful and close fought fight with little to choose between the two men but Merseysider Maxwell eventually edged their duel and won a unanimous decision.

Cameroonian fighters Essomba and Blaise, who chose to remain in the country after last year’s London Olympics, were unable to clinch belts.

Essomba, fighting in the 49kg category lost a split decision in the final to Repton’s Harvey Horn but the Olympian boxer did well to finish the contest after slipping in the first round and pulling a hamstring.

Blaise, fighting at 91kg+, lost at the quarter-final stage to Joe Joyce of Earlsfield who went on to win the title.