Ambitious Cyrus Pattinson is setting his sights on a dream place at next year’s Olympic Games, after avenging a heartbreaking defeat to be crowned welterweight GB Boxing Champion.
The 21-year-old from Alnwick won the title last Thursday with a unanimous points victory over Connor Loftus at The GB Boxing Championship, held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
The triumph ensured Pattinson ‘put right’ the devastating loss against the same opponent in the final of the England Boxing Elite ABA Championships in April.
The Birtley boxer has described the win in South Yorkshire as the best of his career and he is determined to build on the success – targeting a spot at an Olympic Qualifier next year, with a place at Rio up for grabs.
He said: “It feels great to become GB welterweight champion for 2015. It is the biggest title of my career so far. Losing to Connor at the ABAs was my only defeat this year, but now I have put that right.
“I made a massive statement on Thursday and showed how good I am and I really want to get to an Olympic Qualifier.
“It will be a difficult task, but if I can get myself onto one of them, then I believe I can get to the Olympics – which would be the pinnacle, not just of my career, but my life.”
If 2015 is anything to go by, then the future is bright for Pattinson, who won the GB Elite Three Nations 69kg title in May and took the gold at the prestigious Slovakia Boxing Club Triebel tournament a month later. Selection to the GB squad followed.
Reflecting in his remarkable year, he said: “I can’t find the words for it. This year has been massive for my career.
“Everything has gone so fast and I have gone on from one thing to the next. Sometimes it takes people two or three years to achieve what I have done in one year.”
Pattinson feels he deserves his success, adding: “I have sacrificed my life to the sport.
“It is down to hard work and having good people around me, including my coach Graeme Rutherford.”