BREAKING: Northumberland boxer through to national final

Cyrus Pattinson, right, during his semi-final bout against Scott Fitzgerald.
Cyrus Pattinson, right, during his semi-final bout against Scott Fitzgerald.

Cyrus Pattinson’s bid to prove he’s the best is still on track after a unanimous win today in the semi-finals of the England Boxing Elite Championships.

Yesterday, the 21-year-old, from Alnwick, secured a unanimous last-eight victory against Jack Rafferty in the welterweight (69kg) division, at Echo Arena Liverpool.

In the semi-final this afternoon, he faced 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald, in what was likely to be a huge test.

But, fighting from the blue corner, Pattinson acquitted himself extremely well and seemed to have too much for Fitzgerald across all three three-minute rounds – and the judges agreed.

Two clubmates of Pattinson’s from Birtley ABC – Callum French and Luke McCormack – have also made it through to tomorrow’s finals.

Pattinson, the current Tyne Tees Wear Elite ABA champion in the 69kg division, demonstrated convincing and dominant displays of boxing to reach the finals weekend, with victories in earlier rounds in the North East against James Downs, Stuart Buckley and Gary Dodds, before his pre-quarter-final opponent dropped out ahead of their bout in Chesterfield earlier this month.

The Echo Arena is staging the 128th England Boxing Men and Women’s Elite National Finals 2015, which is a three-day showcase of the country’s finest young talent. The quarter-finals were yesterday and are followed by all 20 semi-finals today, from noon in a single-ring format. The finals take place tomorrow from 1pm.

It is the first time in the event’s history that the men’s and women’s finals have been held as part of the same tournament.