Alnwick boxer Jessica Pattinson turned in her ‘best performance’ when she climed into the ring to represent England in Ireland on Friday.
The Duchess High School pupil was selected to fight in Dublin, when she was paired with Chloe McDaid, who is Ireland’s ‘Golden Gloves’ Champion and has a pretty much unbeaten record.
Father Garyu said: “To start with, Jessica was given a great vote of confidence by England Boxing by being allowed to box Ireland’s number ahead of Sophie Morton, who Jessica lost to in the Tri Nations two weeks earlier.
“ I haven’t seen the fight, but speaking to Jessica and the England coaching staff, Jessica produced her very best performance.
“Jessica phioned and said:’Dad it was my best performance. I took the centre of the ring and poured pressure on her, I was catching her with my back hand and then lead hook, it was mint.”
Despite her performance, Jessica didn’t get the decision of the judges at the end of the three-round contest.
The England head coach had told her: “You’ve got this, but be prepared, anything can happen.”
Jessica was obviously disappointed at the verdict, but Gary said: “That’s Boxing!”
He added: “At the start of this session myself and Jessica sat down and agreed some goals. They were challenging but defiantly achievable with Jessica’s hard work and commitment. They were:-
1) To gain International boxing experience - She has boxed in Norway in the Golden Girls Championships last November where she collected a silver medal. She has just boxed in Ireland with Team England and this is a massive development in her maturity.
2) To retain her English Schools National Title - Although she didn’t pick up gold she did get silver.
3) To Box for her country - not only has she done this but she has now boxed for England twice with her best performance so far being in an England vest.
“Looking back over this season for Jessica it has been a very difficult one with a lot of hard training, sparring and very tough fights.
“She has boxed this season against four national champions from Ireland and England. It’s not about the current results it about her development and performances, creating great foundations for Jessica’s career in boxing. She has big plans and I’m sure she will achieve them as this girl is very special.”