Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best of British as Trio from Birtley Triumph

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Best of British as Trio from Birtley Triumph

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Byline: Boxing talk with JOHN GIBSON SECONDS OUT

THREE Birtley boxers have been crowned British champions after spectacular successes in the GB Elite Three Nations tournament at the Magna Centre in Rotherham.

Calum French, Pat McCormack and Cyrus Pattinson all qualified through the English ABA championships at their weight.

Birtley head coach Graeme Rutherford said: "To have three British champions is incredible and it could have been four if not for Luke McCormack's injury.

"I cannot remember any club doing that - not even Repton in their hay day. We are buzzing."

French first beat Scottish champion Stephen Boyle in the 56kg category semi-final.

Rutherford added: "This was the final on paper as Boyle had been a Commonwealth Games quarter-finalist and has been in the GB squad for a while.

"Calum, though, has been on fine form but with both being southpaws it was a chess match.

"Both tried to make the other lead and counter but it was Calum who was getting the better of it and he seemed a worthy winner in a tight split decision."

He was due to meet England's No.2 Marcel Braithwaite in the final. " Rutherford went on: "Calum had tortured Marcel in the ABA's so it was no surprise when he pulled out with a bad hand so Calum was champion on a walk over."

Pat McCormack edged out Scotland's Lewis Benson in the 64kg semi-final.

"This was a hard bout for Pat as Benson had again competed at the Commonwealths but at 69kg so was coming down a weight and was a very tall lad," said Birtley's coach.

"Although never in danger, Pat made hard work of it and won on a split decision.

"He was back to his explosive best in the final, beating Alfie Price in a re-run of the Elite final.

"However McCormack was shocked by a big lunge from Price inside the first minute.

"It shook Pat into a performance s reminiscent of his boxing before he was injured as he just tore Price apart."

Cyrus Pattinson unanimously won his 69kg opener against Welshman Kieran Gethin.

"Cyrus started off at a slow pace and Sharp was looking for a fight," said Rutherford, "but he picked the wrong lad as Cyrus tore him apart with hooks to the body and head. "Next up was Dennis Broadhurst (Scotland) who defeated Pattinson's conqueror Connor Loftus in the Elites.

"This was also two southpaws and it was another game of chess.

"However Cyrus started to get his range and when he did he scored with big right hands and when he got inside he well and truly broke up Broadhurst with sickening shots to show why he is becoming so highly rated."

BIRTLEY'S Mark Dickinson |lost in the semi-finals of the European Junior Championships in Lviv, Ukraine.

One of seven boxers representing GB, he took a unanimous points decision against Marius Allewhohl (Germany) at 57kg but then dropped a unanimous points decision to Ahmad Shtwi (Israel). …

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