Double national title delight for Sunderland ABC

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STEVEN Pattison and Kieran McDonald have continued Sunderland ABC’s proud tradition of producing national champions, while Moon Sidiqui reaching semi-finals suggests there’s more in the pipeline.

The trio all emerged with enormous credit from the Club for Young Persons tournament, previously the National Boys’ Club Championships.

And for each, their performances marked personal milestones.

Pattison’s triumph in the 86kg class C was made all the more satisfying by the fact he has previously missed out on national schoolboy finals, junior ABA finals and Tri-nation finals.

This time there was no mistake from the 19-year-old from Farringdon in his fight against the stockily-built Brian McDonagh of Hossedon ABC at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

McDonagh came out strongly, but Pattison used his experience to handle the pressure and then found his range in the second and third rounds to win a unanimous decision.

Pattison’s success was followed by 16-year-old McDonald of Millfield, in the 44-46kg class A, who faced the much taller Sean Gillam of Billericay.

Gillam ended up being over-powered by the former Thornhill Schoolboy, who has been boxing with Sunderland ABC since the age of nine.

In what proved to be a totally one-sided contest, Pattison stormed to victory on the back of a first-round stoppage after two standing eight counts against the Essex fighter.

Pattison is now looking forward to an England call-up.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Sidiqui took on Danny Rodgers of Cleckheaton, having reached the semi-finals of the senior ABA novice championships.

Rodgers started well and took the first round before Sunderland University student Moon came back in the second and third rounds, but the decision went the way of his opponent despite a gallant effort.

* Sunderland ABC’s Joel Hassan put in a great performance against double national champion and British Tri-nations champion Jamie McMeekin of Shildon, boxing him on his own territory in a Bishop Auckland ABC show.

The 14-year-old St Aidan’s schoolboy matched McMeekin in the first round, took the fight to him in the second and, in the third, boxed cleverly to keep the England international at bay and frustrated to earn the points decision.

It was a great result for Hassan to boost his National Championship hopes this year.