Sunderland-born boxer Luke McCormack advances to last 16 at Olympics in Tokyo

Wearside boxer Luke McCormack has advanced into the last 16 of the men’s flyweight division at the Olympics in Tokyo.

Monday, 26th July 2021, 11:26 am

The 26-year-old Washington-born fighter defeated Manish Kaushik 4-1 this morning to move into the next round of 57kg division.

The Brit clinched the match following a dominant third round, having received some fierce competition from his opponent in the opening two rounds.

Luke McCormack, who is at the Olympics alongside his twin brother Pat McCormack, will now face the tricky Andy Cruz.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 25: Manish Kaushik (R) of India exchanges punches with Luke McCormack of Great Britain during the Men's Light (57-63kg) on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Luis Robayo - Pool/Getty Images)

The Cuban amateur will present a massive challenge to McCormack and boasts two gold medals at the Pan American Games, as well as two gold medals in the AIBA World Championships.

The bout will take place next Saturday (July 31).

In his first contest at the Tokyo Olympics, Pat McCormack faces Aliaksandr Radzionau, 21, from Belarus in the last 16 of the men’s welterweight division on Tuesday (July 27).

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