Boxer Cyrus Pattinson is relishing the prospect of competing at the England Boxing Elite National Finals, insisting ‘I’ll prove I belong at this level’.
The Alnwick fighter, who turned 21 last week, is all set to do battle at the Echo Arena Liverpool, starting with a quarter-final showdown on Friday, April 24.
Pattinson, of Birtley Amateur Boxing Club, sealed his place on Merseyside last Thursday, after learning that his opponent had pulled out of the all-important pre-quarter-final bout.
And while he admits that it wasn’t the way he had expected to reach the last eight, he 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 on Merseyside.
He added: “I know I belong at this level and I will prove it. It is such a massive venue and occasion, so I am just looking forward to enjoying myself and doing what I do.”
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 saw him crowned North-east champion and secured his place in the pre-quarters.
The surprise withdrawal of his 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.
“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 the country’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, followed by the finals on the Sunday.
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.