Washington-born boxer Luke McCormack secures Tokyo 2021 place after victory over Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir

Washington-born boxer Luke McCormack has secured a place at Tokyo 2021 after victory over Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 10:22 am
Luke McCormack.

A triumphant day in Paris saw five members of the GB Boxing squad secure Olympic qualification as Charley Davison, Caroline Dubois, Lauren Price, McCormack and Ben Whittaker guaranteed their places at Tokyo 2021.

Victories for Frazer Clarke and Cheavon Clarke, who are now one win away from Tokyo 2021, and already qualified, Galal Yafai, completed a superb day for the GB Boxing team which won all eight of its bouts.

It means Great Britain now has seven boxers guaranteed to compete at this summer’s Olympic Games with the opportunity of four more joining them today.

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Luke’s twin-brother Pat is in action this afternoon.

The triumphant Saturday began with a victory for Luke McCormack who overcame a strong challenge from Turkey’s Tugrulhan Erdemir to secure a split decision win in his lightweight contest to become the third member of the GB Boxing squad to secure his place at Tokyo 2021.

He will face Enrico Lacruz of Holland in the next round of the tournament.

77 places at Tokyo 2021 are up for grabs in Paris. The final 13 Olympic places (8 male, 5 female) available to boxers from Europe will be allocated by a ranking system.

Although boxers will secure Olympic qualification at different stages in the Paris tournament, the competition will continue through to medal stages and a final in all 13 weight classes.

The event is be a continuation of the Tokyo qualifier in London that was suspended after three days of competition in March 2020 owing to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the resulting pandemic.