North-east champion books place at England Boxing Elite National Finals

Alnwick boxer Cyrus Pattinson wins the Tyne Tees and Wear Elite ABA championship.
Alnwick boxer Cyrus Pattinson wins the Tyne Tees and Wear Elite ABA championship.

Boxing hotshot Cyrus Pattinson has secured a dream spot at the Elite National Finals and insisted ‘I’ll prove I belong at this level’.

The Alnwick fighter, who turned 21 on Monday, will do battle at the Echo Arena Liverpool next weekend, starting with a quarter-final showdown on Friday, April 24.

Cyrus Pattinson, left, in action.

Cyrus Pattinson, left, in action.

Pattinson, of Birtley Amateur Boxing Club, sealed his place on Merseyside last night, after learning that his opponent had pulled out of the all-important pre-quarter-final bout, which was scheduled to take place in Chesterfield tomorrow.

And while he admits that it wasn’t the way he had expected to reach the last eight, the Northumberland warrior is determined to take his chance and make the most of the opportunity that has presented itself.

“I literally cannot wait to fight at the Echo Arena,” said Pattinson, who recently became Tyne Tees Wear Elite ABA champion in the 69kg division, as part of his quest to compete in Merseyside.

He added: “I know I belong at this level and I will prove it come April 24. It is such a massive venue and occasion, so I am just looking forward to enjoying myself and doing what I do.”

Cyrus Pattinson, left.

Cyrus Pattinson, left.

Pattinson has demonstrated convincing and dominant displays of boxing en route to the quarter-finals, with victories over James Downs and Stuart Buckley, before a unanimous win over Gary Dodds last Saturday saw him crowned North-east champion and secured his Chesterfield berth.

Last night’s withdrawal of his pre-quarter-final opponent was a boost for Pattinson in his bid to become a national champion and he now has his sights firmly set on the Merseyside challenge, which will be the biggest and most important chapter in his amateur boxing career so far.

Pattinson said: “I was always going to get to the Echo Arena for the Nationals. It wasn’t the way I had planned, but Liverpool here I come. I am down to the last eight in the country; it’s bright lights and big fights! Roll on the 24th.

“I sacrificed my birthday for this competition. Reaching the quarter-finals is massive and it would be a dream to win the Nationals in the 69kg division.”

The 128th England Boxing Men and Women’s Elite National Finals 2015 is a three-day showcase of England’s finest young talent, when the quarter-finals, semis and finals will be held over three consecutive days of boxing, starting on Friday, April 24.

The quarter-final bouts will be held on the opening day from noon onwards, with two rings in the arena. All 20 semi-finals will be staged in one ring on the Saturday, also starting at noon. Sunday’s finals will start at 1pm.

It is the first time in the event’s 128-year history that the men’s and women’s finals will be held as part of the same tournament.

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