Cyrus sets up Crotty clash

TALENTED teenage boxer Cyrus Pattinson kept alive his dreams of winning a prestigious competition after a hard-fought quarter-final victory against a more experienced opponent.

The 17-year-old from Alnwick snatched the bout with a 11-10 points triumph over Michael Lyons from Warrington in the Children and Young People Championships (CYP).

Pattinson, who has secured his place as one of the top four junior middleweights in England and Northern Ireland, will now face current CYP Champion and Junior ABA Champion George Crotty in the semi-final of the competition.

Crotty, who has more than 50 fights to his name, including representing Great Britain at European level, will be a tough challenge for Pattinson.

But the Alnwick lad can go into the bout with every confidence.

Pattinson, from St Michael’s Square, showed his class to overcome Lyons – a southpaw fighter who had a record of 26 wins from 38 contests, compared to Pattinson’s seven-fight unbeaten record.

Lyons used his experience to control the pace of the first round, although Pattinson managed to stick with him. The round closed with Lyons 4-3 ahead.

Pattinson found it difficult to get in close to his opponent and cause damage in the second round but he never allowed Lyons to truly settle.

With Pattinson 10-7 behind going into the third round, it was made clear to him that he had to stop fighting at Lyons’ pace and to apply the tactics that he had worked on in the gym.

And it paid off.

Pattinson dominated Lyons, who at times looked average now that Pattinson was applying himself fully.

The final score was close but Pattinson snatched the narrow triumph, setting up that mouth-watering semi-final with Crotty in two weeks’ time.