An upcoming boxing prospect continued her preparations for a prestigious competition in the best possible way – by landing her first technical knockout victory.
Jessica ‘Mo Cuishle’ Pattinson, from Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club, put in a dominant display by forcing a second-round stoppage against Porsche Hubbersty.
Her emphatic performance came last Thursday at the home show of Lancashire-based Clayton ABC.
And the 12-year-old’s winning and dominant performance was just the morale-boosting tonic she needs, as she works towards the School Girls’ National Championships in May.
The youngster showed her intent from the first bell, mixing her skills with measured levels of aggression in the opening round.
Hubbersty was the first southpaw that Jessica has taken on, but it didn’t faze the Alnwick lass, who forced a standing count in the first round.
Jessica followed that up in the second round with flurries of punches, backed up with a strong backhand, leaving Hubbersty faltering and forcing the referee to step in and halt the fight.
Alnwick club chairman Gary Pattinson praised her display. He said: “Jessica’s performance was outstanding. It was like everything clicked into place for her on the night.
“It was Jessica’s first technical knockout, but on this performance, it won’t be her last.
“The fight was perfect development for Jessica ahead of the School Girls’ National Championships.”
Jessica is back in the ring on March 27, in Northallerton, followed by another fight in April in Salisbury, before an outing at her home show at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre on St George’s Day, Thursday, April 23.
Gary has thanked the Duke’s Middle School, in Alnwick, for allowing Jessica to have time off to box.