Great Britain’s status as global power in
Olympic boxing has been underlined by the newly published world rankings, which
place seven members of the GB Boxing squad in the top five in the world at
their weight class, with Lauren Price and Pat McCormack both ranked at number
The September 2020 rankings have been compiled
by the international governing body and are based on ranking points secured
since November 2018 at major tournaments, such as world and continental
The elevation to world number one status of
Price and McCormack reflects the achievements of both boxers who have won a
medal at every major tournament they have taken part in during this two year
Welsh middleweight, Price, is the 2019 world
champion and has not lost a bout since November 2018 when she had to settle for
bronze at the 2018 world championships in India.
Since then she has won gold at both the 2019
European Games in Belarus and the world championships later the same year in
Russia. She also took gold, along with
McCormack, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games although this did not contribute to
either boxers world ranking points.
Like Price, welterweight, McCormack won gold
as the 2019 European Games (which also doubled-up as the men’s European
Championships) and secured silver at that year’s world championships in Russia.
McCormack said: “I have had a good few years
and it’s great that the rankings reflect this.
I was gutted to lose the world final, particularly given the way it
happened with the clash of heads, but I am focused on Tokyo now. To know that I am ranked number one in the
world is a big confidence boost that will help to push me on.”
“I have won just about everything over the last couple of years and to now be
ranked number one in the world is a great achievement. It is something I am very proud of. The only thing left is the Olympics so I am
completely focused on Tokyo next year and aiming to complete my set of medals.”
The strength-in-depth at GB Boxing is
underlined by the appearance of five other members of the squad in the top five
in the world at their weight class.
At featherweight, Peter McGrail is ranked number three
in the world. The Liverpool
boxer has won a medal at every major event he has taken part in since 2017 and
secured bronze at both the European Games and the world championships in 2019.
A breakthrough year in 2019 has seen light-heavyweight, Ben Whittaker, rise to number three in the world on the back of a silver medal performance at the European Games and a bronze at the 2019 world championships.