Amateur | Issue | Premium | Sep 09 2019

The new World championships

Boxing at the World championships starts Monday. John Dennen spoke to Frazer Clarke and the McCormack twins as they prepared to descend on Russia for the tournament
World championships
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THE 2019 AIBA men’s World championships are set to begin in Ekaterinburg, Russia, running from September 8-21.

Given the upheaval in amateur boxing, with AIBA, the world governing body, being stripped of the right to administer the Olympic Games, this tournament will no longer be a qualification event for Tokyo 2020. It will however be the first major championship to take place at the new Olympic weight classes, with eight divisions rather than 10. Light-flyweight no longer exists. Bantamweight becomes featherweight, 57kgs. Lightweight will become 63kgs with the light-welter division also being expunged.

Great Britain, who can enter boxers from England, Scotland and Wales, will have a thirteen strong squad going. Cheavon Clarke (England) and Scott Forrest (Scotland) will be going at 91kgs, Sammy Lee (Wales) and Ben Whittaker (England) both at 81kgs, Sean Lazzerini (Scotland) and Mark Dickinson (England) at 75kgs. Former light-flyweights Aqeel Ahmed and Galal Yafai have both moved up to 52kgs and will go to Russia for Scotland and England respectively. Liverpool’s Peter McGrail gets his first tournament at the new 57kgs weight. Welshman Mickey McDonagh is moving up from 60kgs, while England’s Luke McCormack is shaving off a kilo to compete at 63kgs too. Luke’s twin Pat McCormack will be the sole GB representative at welterweight and Burton’s Frazer Clarke goes at super-heavyweight for GB.