Hot Southbourne Panthers Gym prospect fits in coveted Three Nations tournament glory around sitting GCSE exams


The Southbourne Panthers Gym prospect, 16, claimed the top junior boys over-80kg crown with two first-round stoppage victories in Barnsley.

McCormack, already a three-time national champion heading into his latest competition, added the Three Nations title to his growing collection.

The St Phillip Howard pupil dispatched of Welsh national champion Daniel Pitt in the semi-finals before stopping fellow English amatuer Alfie Goodhall within a minute in the showpiece bout.

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Conor McCormack, left, with his Southbourne Panthers Gym coach Ash Whiting after his Three Nations tournament triumph

Then, having sat his English and PE GCSE last Friday, it was straight back down to work for McCormack , who took his maths and business exams on Monday to cap a crazy four-day period.

Westhampnett-based McCormack said: ‘I’m over the moon. It was an unreal feeling. You think it’s going to be a long fight battling it out, but both were first-round stoppages.

‘I knew what I had to do getting in there, that was the plan, I didn’t realise it would go so well, to be fair.’

After brushing aside the best in his weight category and age group from across England, Scotland and Wales, McCormack is almost certain to represent his country in the junior European Championships held in Monza, Italy in September.

He added: ‘I’m just boxing like that until some other challenges come up. There’s no-one I can face who’s better than that in the UK (Three Nations event).

‘I’m sure there will be bigger challenges in the Europeans and better opponents but so far I’ve fought the hardest I can fight in the UK.’

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