BRITISH welterweight Pat McCormack came away from the World championships in Russia with a silver medal, once his final with Andrei Zamkovoi came to an abrupt end after a head butt cut the Englishman in the second round.
Both boxers came into their final on Saturday (September 21) at the Expo Arena in Ekaterinburg in good form. Zamkovoi is an experienced southpaw, a veteran who won a bronze medal for Russia at the 2012 Olympic Games as well as a silver medal at the 2009 World championships. McCormack, just 24 years old to the Russian’s 32, is the reigning Commonwealth and European Games gold medallist.
They started out jabbing, each looking to establish their lead hands. McCormack threw a quick, straight one-two combination. Zamkovoi’s hefty left cross knocked the gumshield out of McCormack’s mouth. He went for the Briton with a right-left combination. McCormack moved back in, countering with a one-two of his own. Pat found a path for his right looping over the top. Zamkovoi hit his back hand in and scooped his right up.