Alnwick’s Pattinson has his eyes on the regional prize

Cyrus Pattinson, left, during Sunday's Elite ABAs.
Cyrus Pattinson, left, during Sunday's Elite ABAs.

An Alnwick fighter is hoping to be crowned North East champion this weekend as he boxes in the final of the Tyne Tees Wear (TTW) Elite ABA championships.

Cyrus Pattinson won two bouts over last weekend in convincing fashion and the Birtley ABC hotshot will now take on Gary Dodds, of Spennymoor, tomorrow (Saturday).

The 20-year-old earned his place in the TTW final at Forest Hall Boxing Club by defeating England international Stuart Buckley on Friday night by unanimous decision before he beat James Downs on Sunday by first-round knock-out.

The Birtley boxer, who fights in the 69kg category, said: “There were 11 people in my category – it was the biggest category – and I knew it was going to be difficult against Stuart Buckley because he was one of the favourites.

“I knew I had to be on my A-game, but I felt too strong and too skillful for him.”

Pattinson then stepped up a gear for Sunday’s semi-final clash.

“I was told that James Downs was a top junior so I thought that would be a difficult task, but I caught him early on and finished the job,” he said.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, he added: “I’m really looking forward to it and I know I’m capable of beating him and proving I’m number one in TTW.”