West Hill talent set for Three Nations event

Elsie Pattenden with West Hill Boxing Club coach Johnny Gray after reaching the national final in the England Junior Championships
Elsie Pattenden with West Hill Boxing Club coach Johnny Gray after reaching the national final in the England Junior Championships

A West Hill Boxing Club talent has been selected to compete in an international tournament after reaching the final of a national championship.

Elsie Pattenden will take her place at the Three Nations Youth & Junior Championships in Rotherham this weekend.

The 15-year-old, under-48 kilos fighter will compete alongside boxers from Wales, Scotland and England, with a semi-final and potentially a final on the agenda.

Pattenden booked her place in the final of the Junior Championships with a unanimous points victory over Chantelle Whiting (Tavistock ABC) in Grantham.

The West Hill boxer produced a great performance throughout the fight and kept catching her opponent with good, powerful combinations.

Her reward is a meeting with Simran Kaur, an England international and European champion from Telford, on Sunday April 16.

West Hill coach Dave Bishop said: “That’s going to be a test, but Elsie’s very confident so it’s going to be a tight bout I think. She (Kaur) is a very tall, accomplished boxer, but Elsie’s a stronger and more aggressive fighter.”

In other West Hill news, Brandon Davies lost on a close unanimous points decision to Jake Clarke (Golden Ring ABC) in the Hampshire versus Sussex round of the Elite Championships in Portsmouth.

Davies produced a decent display, but Clarke - the number three rated fighter in the country - got through and went on to win the Southern Counties title.

Ben Moore got back to winning ways by boxing well to win a support bout at the same event against Muhammad Ahmad, from Berinsfield ABC in Oxfordshire.

Jack Cronin lost on a split decision to Dylan Hewitt (Tunbridge Wells) at an open show in Sandwich, but is due to be back in action, along with debutant Euan Atkins, on a dinner show at the Brighton Hilton Metropole tomorrow (Friday).

West Hill will also head to Camberley on Sunday as Archie Fuller and Alex Howes compete on a club show.

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