Luke McCormack Profile
|Born||Jun 08, 1995|
|Division||Lightweight Limit: 135 Pounds|
Luke McCormack, the twin brother of Pat McCormack, is affiliated with Birtley ABC. He is coached by Graeme Rutherford and names his hero as Mike Tyson.
In 2015, the brothers became only the second pair of twins to win England Boxing Elite national titles on the same day equalling the achievement of Darran and Stewart Langley in 2005.
While Pat has experienced the Olympics previously in 2016, Luke McCormack made his debut in Tokyo in 2021.
After losing 1kg to make the 63kg lightweight mark, McCormack admitted to taking a keener interest in his diet and said he was the "perfect size" for the division.
McCormack has won multiple medals at a series of international competitions including silver at the 2017 European championships, bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and another bronze at the 2019 European Games.
McCormack was the first GB boxer to seal his place for Tokyo at the Paris event.
The lightweight secured his spot with a gruelling victory over Turkey's Tugrulhan Erdemir. McCormack produced his best in the final round to edge a split decision.
A unanimous points victory over Enrico Lacruz of the Netherlands set the Washington-born fighter up with a semi-final bout against France's Sofiane Oumiha.
But it was Oumiha, a Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist and AIBA World Champion, who edged a tight contest.
It means the 5ft 10in French fighter has won all four matches between the pair.
The three-rounder was a high-class affair with the experienced No.2 seed from Toulouse getting a decision with four of the five judges voting in his favour.
Oumiha, who was caught with a few power punches in the second, stepped on the gas in round three and showed his class.
With his fighting range expertly measured, Oumiha enjoyed all the best moments in the final three minutes and moved into the gold medal bout. However, McCormack qualified for Tokyo 2020, his first ever Olympic games.
McCormack faced India's Manish Kausik in the first round at the 2020 Olympics. The Brit got the better of his opponent as he won via split decision after their three rounds.
In the round of 16 stage, McCormack came up against the highly-respected Cuban Andy Cruz. This was a fight too far for the 26-year-old as Cruz advanced via a unanimous decision victory.
McCormack said: "It was a tricky opponent. I didn't really know what he was doing so I was trying to wait for him to come in but he's probably one of the best kids I've been in with.
"Good luck to him and I hope he goes all the way.
"He [Cruz] will be an amateur for the rest of his life him. He's a really, really top amateur."
The Cuban did go all the way and won gold by defeating Keyshawn Davis in the lightweight final.
Luke, who won silver at the European Championships in 2017 in Kharkiv, scooped Commonwealth bronze in 2018 on the Gold Coast.
In the light welterweight division, Luke defeated Kavuma Ssemujju (Uganda), Sean McComb (Northern Ireland), Liam Wilson (Australia) before losing to Jonas Jonas from Namibia in the semi-final.
Luke was the gold medal favourite but lost a split decision against his confident, older rival.
Jonas, with an unusual right lead, got the nod on three of the five judges' scorecards. Jonas, who lost to Josh Taylor in Glasgow in 2014, went on to take the gold medal with a unanimous points decision over Canada's Thomas Blumenfeld.
The North East fighter claimed gold in 2018 at the EU Championships in Valladolid six months later. He defeated Paolo di Lernia of Italy in the final by a unanimous decision.
Another bronze medal followed in Minsk in November 2019. McCormack defeated Milan Fodor and Yaroslav Khartsyz before facing familiar foe Oumiha in the semi-final.
Oumiha proved too good again though and outscored the Brit 10-9 in each round at Crystal Hall.
Both Luke and his brother Pat are sponsored by Electrical Contractors Caztec Group Ltd.
Luke McCormack's net worth is believed to be around £1million.
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