Gold-medal winner makes funding plea for boxing support

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A champion boxer has made an appeal for funding to help him compete at a European competition next week.

Cyrus Pattinson, 21, needs to raise the cash for a stint in Slovakia, which will see him fight at an Elite International Tournament.

Last month, the Alnwick bruiser won the GB Elite Three Nations 69kg title, crowning him the best in Britain in his division.

And he is gunning for more glory when he steps in to the ring in eastern Europe, which will start with a quarter-final showdown next Friday.

However, Pattinson, who represents Birtley Amateur Boxing Club, is hoping to attract some financial support for his assault on the title.

He said: “There will be some world-class boxers at this event, coming from countries such as Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, but I’m going there for nothing less than gold.

“It is not going to be easy boxing international-seasoned opponents, but it is nothing that I haven’t done before.

“I’ve been asked to raise a minimum of £100 to help go towards my flights, accommodation, entry fees etc, and if anybody would like to help, I would be massively grateful.”

Victory in the last eight would take him through to the competition’s semi-final on the Saturday, with a spot in the final, to be staged a day later, up for grabs.

Competing in Slovakia is another dose of international experience for Pattinson.

It comes on the back of his victorious Three Nations campaign, which was the first time he has represented England.

Later this month, he is set to attend a Great Britain assessment trial in Sheffield.

If you can help Cyrus, email him on cyrus.pattin