Pattinson defeated in national final

Cyrus Pattinson, left, during his final bout against Connor Loftus.
Cyrus Pattinson, left, during his final bout against Connor Loftus.

Northumberland boxer Cyrus Pattinson couldn’t clear the final hurdle in the England Boxing Elite ABA Championships today, losing in the final.

The 21-year-old, from Alnwick, who fights in the welterweight (69kg) division, was a unanimous loser against Connor Loftus, of Burmantofts, at Echo Arena Liverpool this afternoon.

The bout began in cagey fashion, but Loftus landed some telling blows as well as using his jab effectively while Pattinson failed to connect with enough scoring shots.

It followed the Northumberland fighter’s unanimous points victories over Jack Rafferty in the quarter-finals and then 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald in the last four.

The result also denied a clean sweep for Birtley ABC after earlier wins for Pattinson’s clubmates Callum French and Luke and Pat McCormack.

The Alnwick lad is the current Tyne Tees Wear Elite ABA champion i after convincing and dominant displays of boxing to reach the finals weekend, with victories in earlier rounds 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 on Friday, followed by the 20 semi-finals yesterday and the finals today in a single-ring format. 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.