Team GB boxers: How have the Tokyo 2020 graduates performed since the Games?

Great Britain had a stellar Olympic boxing campaign, with six medals - three of each colour - putting them second on the Tokyo 2020 medal table. Since then, many of the star names are beginning to show their talent in the pro ranks. From Lauren Price to Galal Yafai, find out how the Olympic team have performed since the Games. 

By Sean McAlister
Picture by Buda Mendes

Two medals of each colour left the Great Britain boxing team second only to Cuba on the Tokyo 2020 medal table. In fact, their final total of six was one more than the Cuban team, who ended the Olympics on top by virtue of the four golds they secured.

With the exception of Karriss Artingstall who has continued in the amateur ranks, every one of the Tokyo 2020 medallists has now turned pro. And not one of the five has suffered a loss since as they take to their new surroundings like veterans of the game.

Find out how the medal-winning boxers has performed since their glorious outings in Japan.

Lauren Price, middleweight, gold

The sensational Lauren Price was a sporting prodigy growing up, becoming a four-time junior world kickboxing champion and representing both Cardiff and Wales as a footballer. Since showcasing her fast hands and body movement during the Tokyo Games, the Olympic middleweight champion stepped down to welterweight for her first pro fight, dominating every one of the six two-minute rounds against Valgerdur Gudstensdottir in June to take a unanimous 60-54 victory.

"I really enjoyed it, it's the first one and I'm buzzing, let's go again," Price told Sky Sports after the bout.

"I wanted to relax and I didn't want to rush my work. It was great to get six rounds under my belt. I enjoyed it, a win is a win."

Much is expected of Price, who also won World Championships and European titles in 2019. For now, she has a perfect record of 1-0 to go with her shiny Olympic gold medal as she embarks on the next stages of her pro career.

Galal Yafai, flyweight, gold

Britain’s other gold medallist from Tokyo 2020 has taken the pro world by storm, registering two knockouts in his first two bouts. Raised in a boxing family, Galal Yafai is the younger brother of two boxers, Kal and Gamal, but since his Tokyo victory he has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting prospects in the boxing world.

His pro debut saw him win the vacant WBC International Flyweight belt, as he secured a fifth-round TKO in a fight against Mexico’s Carlos Bautista. He followed it up with an impressive second-round stoppage of American Miguel Cartagena in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

"I have waited so long to make my pro debut and it was everything I hoped and dreamed of,” Yafai said after his debut.

"I want to move at a fast pace, I want to be stepped up and become a world champion."

Pat McCormack, welterweight, silver

The twin brother of fellow boxer Luke, Pat McCormack was a favourite for gold heading into Tokyo 2020. While he didn’t manage to stand on the top step of the podium after losing to Roniel Iglesias in the final, the 27-year-old impressed on his way to Olympic silver.

Since turning pro, McCormack has teamed up with trainer Ben Davison, the former coach of reigning world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. And Davison has been suitably impressed by the ability of McCormack - even at this early stage of his career.

“At first I thought it was going to take some time for Pat to adjust but, to be honest, with the way I look at boxing and my beliefs and philosophy, Pat has picked it up quickly, astonishingly quickly,” Davison told probellum.com.

“He shocked me. He’s not had his debut yet but he looks like a world champion in the gym already.”

McCormack took just one minute and 38 seconds to win his first professional bout, beating fellow Brit Justin Menzie via first round stoppage. His second bout lasted even less time, with McCormack taking just 95 seconds to stop France’s Dimitri Trenel by way of TKO.

Ben Whittaker, light heavyweight, silver

The second Brit to succumb to a Cuban opponent in a final at last years Olympics, Ben Whittaker has since teamed up with SugarHill Steward, who masterminded Tyson Fury’s victories over Deontay Wilder and runs the famous Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Whittaker lost his light-heavyweight final against Arlen Lopez to earn silver for Team GB, however his first forays into the pro ranks have seen him rack up a perfect 2-0 record. In his professional debut he delivered a one-punch second-round knockout of Greg O’Neill before stepping up to defeat the previously unbeaten Petar Nosic by unanimous decision on the undercard of the second fight between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

Frazer Clarke
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Frazer Clarke, super heavyweight, bronze

The final British boxer to have turned pro after Tokyo 2020 is super heavyweight bronze medallist Frazer Clarke. The 31-year-old showed heavy hands to deliver two knockouts in his first two bouts in the professional field.

His first win came against the unheralded Jake Darnell, who stepped in as a last-minute replacement to make his own debut against the Olympic medallist. The bout lasted less than a round, as Clarke pummelled his opponent into submission.

Clarke’s second fight took six minutes to end, as he floored Argentina’s Esteban Bracamonte with a left hook to maintain his perfect start to life as a professional. Sterner tests will certainly be ahead for Clarke - and all of the GB Tokyo 2020 graduates. But with each of them maintaining a perfect record since their Olympic heroics, the future looks bright for Great Britain’s boxing class of Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

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