Birt­ley boss hails Com­mon­wealth suc­cess

The Chronicle - - Seconds Out -

BIRT­LEY head coach Graeme Ruther­ford has hailed the per­for­mances of his three top fight­ers at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia.

Pat McCor­mack (far right) glo­ri­ously brought home a gold meal while his twin Luke (left) bagged bronze and Calum French (in­set) made the quar­ter fi­nals.

“I’m so happy for Pat as hope­fully this will, af­ter some truly bad de­ci­sions, show him that he can force vic­tory in the big fights to takes things out of ev­ery­one’s hands,” said Ruther­ford.

“Luke get­ting a bronze wasn’t ideal but he lost to the even­tual cham­pion and Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­ist. He looked tired in the last round af­ter a bad draw forced him to beat all the top lads in the group.

“I think the pres­sure got to Calum. He is still in­ex­pe­ri­enced at in­ter­na­tional level com­pared to the twins but hope­fully he learns from it.”

I watched Pat’s gold medal bout live on telly and felt he was in to­tal com­mand through­out – a class apart. The lad has a real chance long term – quick feet and hands, an as­sur­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion, as well as class. This is the first of what ought to be sev­eral global gold medals. McCor­mack’s a credit to Birt­ley and they are a nat­u­ral fit for him – a club which pro­duces a string of champions. Birt­ley have Ben Rees, Isaac Mil­burn, Jake Slater, Han­nah Shield, and Han­nah Robin­son all box­ing in the Elite quar­ter­fi­nals at East Lon­don Univer­sity this week­end.

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