BOXING

ALNWICK boxer Cyrus Pattinson is boxing in the semi-final of a prestigious competition this weekend, and fight fans are being urged to cheer on the talented teenager.

The 18-year-old, from St Michael’s Square, has reached the latter stages of the National Junior ABA Championships and his crucial last-four bout takes place on Saturday at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre. Doors open at noon with boxing due to start at 12.30pm.

It is expected that Cyrus will be fighting Michael Lyon from Warrington, who the Alnwick lad narrowly beat last year.

His uncle and trainer, Gary Pattinson, said: “It is a big event and big for Cyrus so let’s get some support there for him.”

Cyrus reached the semi-final by defeating Exhall ABC boxer River Wilson Bent in the quarter-finals at Manchester Boxing Centre of Excellence on Saturday.

Bent looked to disrupt Cyrus’ rhythm but the Alnwick boxer coped well and those in his camp believed he would finish with more points than his opponent.

But the judges scored differently and called it an 18-18 draw, forcing a countback, but again the scores were tied, meaning the judges had to indicate who they each thought won. Cyrus took a 3-2 decision.