Determined Northumberland boxer Cyrus Pattinson insists he is going for gold after being selected to represent England in the prestigious GB Tri Nations competition.
The 21-year-old from Alnwick says he is relishing the chance to compete in the event, which takes place on Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, in Rotherham, and is determined to prove he is the best in Great Britain.
Pattinson, who represents Birtley ABC, said: “The time has arrived. I’ve been picked to represent England in the GB Tri Nations and it is a chance to prove that I am the British number one. There’s one thing on my mind – gold.”
The call-up comes after Pattinson impressed at the highly-regarded England Boxing Elite ABA Championships in Liverpool last month.
Fighting in the welterweight (69kg) division, Pattinson reached the final after landing unanimous points victories over Jack Rafferty in the quarter-finals and then 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald in the last four.
However, he fell just short in his pursuit to be crowned champion, suffering a unanimous defeat to Connor Loftus in the final.
Although Pattinson is hoping he will get a chance for a rematch. He said: “Connor and myself are both in for the Tri Nations, so there could be a chance to get revenge after the ABA final.”