Talented teenage boxer Jessica Pattinson avenged a painful defeat at her home show to be crowned a national champion and declared afterwards: ‘I am over the moon’.
The 13-year-old Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club star landed the Girls’ Class A 44.5kg title at the England Boxing Schools’ Championships Final on Saturday.
She triumphed with a dominant, powerful and disciplined display against Plymouth’s Chantel Whiting in front of a packed crowd in Sheffield.
It was sweet revenge for the Northumberland lass who had lost to the Mayflower boxer at Alnwick’s home show on St George’s Day. And she described it as a dream come true to land the title.
Pattinson said: “This has been my focus and aim for the season; not only to enter the national Schools’ Championships, but to win my class.
“I’m over he moon to have won the title and I’m so pleased that I beat Chantel when it counted.”
Pattinson’s joy at winning the golden gloves was clear to see as she leapt into the air in delight as her victory was announced.
Her dad and coach Gary Pattinson praised the achievements of his daughter, who boxed in all but the very first stage of the England Schools’ event and overcame some tough competitors en route to the title.
He said: “This is a very special achievement and as a club we are very proud of her.
“It was a great performance against Chantel, who she had lost to at our home show. Jessica has worked so hard over the past five weeks to perfect the winning performance.”
Pattinson will not be resting on her laurels though and she is off to box again this weekend in the Hull Box Cup.
The boxing blood flows through her family’s veins. Last month, her second cousin Cyrus Pattinson won the GB Elite Three Nations 69kg title.