BOXING hotshot Cyrus Pattinson has vowed to prove he is ‘number one’ as he gears up for a massive title fight this weekend, writes James Willoughby.
The 18-year-old faces the biggest bout of his life when he takes to the ring in his respective final of the 2012 National Junior ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd) Championship on Sunday.
Opponent Daniel Woledge is all that stands between Pattinson and the prestigious title, in the Class Six (born 1994) category at 71kgs.
And Alnwick lad Pattinson is determined to show he is the best in the land for his age and weight division.
“I am more than capable of beating him. I am going to prove that I am number one,” said Pattinson, who added: “I am confident but I am not going to take my eye off the ball and I will train hard in the build-up to the fight.”
Pattinson booked his spot in the final by defeating Warrington’s Michael Lyon last weekend in the Northern semi-finals at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre.
And while he feels he can go all the way in the competition, he admits that reaching the final is a huge achievement.
It follows a remarkable recent rise in the sport, which also saw the teenager reach the semi-finals of last year’s Children and Young People Championships.
“It has been down to all the hard work and sacrifice I have put into the sport, as well as all the support I have had,” said Pattinson,
Woledge, of Kent-based St Marys ABC, will be no push-over though, having defeated renowned fighter George Crotty in the Southern semi-finals, and Sunday’s bout will be his second national final in seven months.
But whatever happens in Sunday’s contest, Pattinson’s uncle and trainer Gary Pattinson has hailed the efforts of his fighter.
He said: “It is unbelievable what he has achieved, especially with his relative inexperience. He has demonstrated yet again that he belongs at the top end of the national scale and on Sunday, he will demonstrate that he is number one.”
The final takes place at The Frontier Club, Radford Road, Batley, Yorkshire, and boxing will start at 1.30pm.
Penny Black in Alnwick is hoping to secure a bus to take people down to support Pattinson.
The venue is subsidising the bus, which is set to leave the town at 9am on Sunday. Tickets are £10 and are available from Penny Black before Sunday.
l AS part of the new Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club, a series of boxing taster classes, which are strictly for beginners, begin next week. Starting on Monday, they will run each Monday in May, as well as on June 11, 18 and 25. They will take place at Alnwick Community Centre, on Howling Lane, from 6pm to 7pm for 12 to 16-year-olds and 7pm to 8pm for 17 to 25-year-olds. Each session costs £1 and must be booked in advance.
For details and bookings, call Paul on 01665 511494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org