Luke McCormack admitted he was “wounded” after crashing out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Washington lad was defeated by Cuban two-time world champion Andy Cruz in the last-16 of the men’s lightweight tournament.
Cruz, who is the favourite for the gold, advanced with a unanimous points decision on Saturday morning.
Speaking to the BBC, the 26-year-old said he was “wounded” and hoped his family back home were proud of his efforts.
He said: “It was a tricky opponent. I didn’t really know what he was doing so I was trying to wait for him to come in but he’s probably one of the best kids I’ve been in with.
“Good luck to him and I hope he goes all the way.
“He [Cruz] will be an amateur for the rest of his life him. He’s a really, really top amateur.
“As long as my mam and dad are proud that’s all I’m bothered about.
“Hopefully he [brother Pat] goes on to win the gold to keep the family pride flying.”
His twin brother Pat has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal with an explosive win over come-forward Uzbek Bobo Baturov.
Hailing from Birtley Amateur Boxing Club, the lads have both spoken of their intentions to turn professional after the Tokyo Olympics.
And despite his early exit from the Olympics, Luke has no intention of changing those plans.
He said: “That’s my last amateur fight there.
“I’m ready to go professional now. I waited a little bit too long to turnover because of the lockdown and that but now I’m ready to get the big bucks.”
Pat, the world number one welterweight, sustained a cut during his fight but he shrugged off its importance ahead of his semi-final bout against Ireland’s Declan Walsh on Sunday morning.
“I got cut in the last round, so I just tried to stay out of his way to make sure I’m boxing in the next round,” said Pat.
“But it should be all right, I’ll just get it super-glued. I’ve got a day’s rest, and then I’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
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