Northumberland boxer reaches national semi-final

Cyrus Pattinson, left, in action during a previous bout.
Cyrus Pattinson, left, in action during a previous bout.

Talented Northumberland boxer Cyrus Pattinson moved one step closer to becoming a national champion after an emphatic quarter-final win at the England Boxing Elite National Finals this afternoon.

The 21-year-old, from Alnwick, secured a unanimous last-eight victory against Jack Rafferty in the welterweight (69kg) division, at Echo Arena Liverpool.

He now turns his attention to tomorrow’s semi-final, where he will face 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald.

It will be a huge test for Pattinson, but the Birtley ABC fighter is hopeful he can overcome his high-class 23-year-old opponent and grab a dream spot in Sunday’s final.

Speaking after his quarter-final victory, Pattinson said: “It is all about bringing this title home to Alnwick. I want this title so badly and I know that I can win it. I’ve put a mark out there now and it is a case of being positive and believing.”

Pattinson, the current Tyne Tees Wear Elite ABA champion in the 69kg division, has demonstrated convincing and dominant displays of boxing to reach the last four, with victories in earlier rounds against James Downs, Stuart Buckley and Gary Dodds, before his pre-quarter-final opponent dropped out ahead of their bout in Chesterfield earlier this month.

The Echo Arena is staging the 128th England Boxing Men and Women’s Elite National Finals 2015, which is a three-day showcase of the country’s finest young talent. The quarter-finals were today and are followed by all 20 semi-finals tomorrow, which will start at noon and be staged in a single-ring format. The finals take place on Sunday from 1pm.

It is the first time in the event’s history that the men’s and women’s finals have been held as part of the same tournament.