Pattinson proves future is bright

Cyrus Pattinson, left, during his final bout against Connor Loftus.

Cyrus Pattinson, left, during his final bout against Connor Loftus.

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Talented fighter Cyrus Pattinson admitted he was gutted to lose the welterweight final of the England Boxing Elite ABA Championships, but insists he can take plenty of positives from the experience.

The 21-year-old from Alnwick was defeated by England International and reigning 69kg ABA champion Connor Loftus, of Burmantofts, who landed a unanimous decision in Liverpool on Sunday.

But Birtley ABC boxer Pattinson has demonstrated that his future in the ring is bright, especially after he scored a unanimous points victory over 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald in the semi-finals on Saturday and a last-eight win over Jack Rafferty on Friday.

Pattinson, the current Tyne Tees Wear Elite ABA champion, said: “I was gutted not to win the national title. It was a close fight and I thought I had got it. Many believed it was the fight of the tournament.

“But it was an amazing experience and it looks like I will be heading down for the Great Britain squad on the back of this.

“And to beat Fitzgerald, who is GB number one, was massive and proved I can compete at this level.”