Boxing dream ends in controversy

Cyrus Pattinson.
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BOXING prodigy Cyrus Pattinson’s dreams of winning a prestigious national competition came to an end at the weekend, after he was dubiously defeated in the final on points.

But despite the loss, the 18-year-old says he has learned a lot from the experience and warned that the disappointment in the ring will only make him more determined to succeed.

Defying his relative lack of experience, Pattinson showed his class to reach his respective final of the 2012 National Junior ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd) Championship, which he contested on Sunday in Yorkshire.

But the fairy-tale finish wasn’t to be, as Dan Woledge of Kent-based St Mary’s ABA defeated Pattinson to take the title in the Class Six (born 1994) category at 71kgs.

The decision wasn’t without controversy though, with Team Pattinson angry about the manner of the scoring, which they say not only had an impact on the result, but also meant that Pattinson had to drastically change his game plan against Woledge – an orthodox counter-puncher who had a significant height advantage.

Reflecting on the bout, Pattinson said: “Ever since I started boxing, the Junior ABAs are what I have aspired to, so for it to be taken away, especially when it was out of my control, is disappointing.

“Everyone who witnessed the fight knew what the outcome should have been, but I have no regrets and it has made me even more determined.

“I have learned a lot. Every fight has been different and I have had to fight differently. I have had to change the way I’ve boxed and been versatile, whereas some people are one-dimensional.”

But despite the defeat, Pattinson can take great pride from his performance in the national competition, which has lead to him receiving an England call-up at junior level.

His uncle and trainer Gary Pattinson said: “The decision was the disappointing thing, not the performance and a lot of people recognised the fact that it was the wrong decision.

“Cyrus was devastated. He dedicated himself to this and I know how much it meant to him. But the fact that Cyrus is competing at such a high level is a real credit to him and the important thing is that he has got the recognition from England, which will aid his development and bring the best out of him.”

Gary said that the bout was recognised by the referee as the best fight over the two days of the National Finals and Team Pattinson has thanked everyone who supported Cyrus, especially those who travelled down to the final on a bus which was put on by the Penny Black in Alnwick.