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Pat McCormack on Tokyo boxing mission and only an Olympic gold medal will do

Pat McCormack might get mistaken for his twin Luke but there is no confusing his boxing ambition.

“I’m the man to beat at these Olympics,” the world’s number one ranked welterweight declared on arrival in Tokyo.

“I’ve beat world champions, I’ve beat Olympic medallists. I’m ready to take that medal home.”

Boxing is no stranger to hyperbole but you won’t find too many picking an argument with him over that.

Especially not when he’s got his brother by his side.

For Pat reckons having lightweight star Luke alongside him on the team gives him as much confidence as his recent win over world champion Andrey Zamkovoi.

“I went by myself last time to Rio and didn’t get a medal,” said the Washington fighter. “This time I’ve got Luke with us. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s time for the twins to take over Tokyo.

Pat: ‘I went by myself last time to Rio and didn’t get a medal. This time I’ve got Luke with us. It’s going to be unbelievable’

“There’ll no crowd but it doesn’t bother us. I’ll have Luke shouting. That’s all I need. His is the only voice I hear when I’m boxing.

“Against the Russian in the final [of the Olympic qualifier] I could hear Luke shouting ‘how much do you want it?! How much do you want it?!’

“I felt this rush of energy and I showed exactly how much I wanted it.”

McCormack gains revenge on world champion Andrei Zamkovoi during final of Olympic qualifier in Paris
McCormack gains revenge on world champion Andrei Zamkovoi during final of Olympic qualifier in Paris

Victory that night extinguished the last semblance of doubt in the mind of McCormack who had lost the world final to the same opponent on a badly cut eye following a clash of heads.

At the end he pulled Zamkovoi close and whispered: “Olympic final next, me and you, it’s one-one”.

He later said: “I know I’ve got the beating of him now and 100 per cent I’m going to get better.

McCormack: 'It’s time for the twins to take over Tokyo'
McCormack: ‘It’s time for the twins to take over Tokyo’

“He was No1 and I took over and now I’m the No1. It was like I was taking over the throne.”

Team captain Frazer Clarke describes McCormack as the “standout fighter” in a team with the potential to join the likes of rowing and cycling in delivering multiple medals.

If McCormack’s claims are hard to dispute as he bids to win Britain’s first gold in the 69kg division, then so too is that of middleweight world champ Lauren Price.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been on,” McCormack said. “I think we’re going to get the most medals that we’ve got.”



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