Trinity’s Sam narrowly misses spot in last eight

Sam Patchitt from Trinity Boxing

Sam Patchitt from Trinity Boxing

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Trinity’s East Midlands champion Sam Patchitt pushed Yorkshire rival Danny Rogers all the way in their national pre quarter final at the Mansfield Civic Centre on Saturday.

However, a warning in the last round for the Trinity man could have been the deciding factor in a close encounter.

The Yorkshire southpaw held on to his unbeaten record to progress to the next round in Liverpool but Sam can be pleased with his efforts against an awkward opponent.

To his credit, Sam just got on with the fight and put the Yorkshireman under pressure on several occasions, bloodying his nose with hurtful punches as he pinned him on the ropes .

Late in the last round, the Yorkshire referee pulled Sam up for following in with his shoulder and the two points added to his opponents score affected the final score in favour of Rogers.

At the final bell, the result was in doubt but as the scores from the five judges were announced, it became evident that the warning had cost Sam a place in the last eight.

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This championship has seen Sam make great progress. He has gained great experience as well as picking up his two titles.

“These kind of experiences will only help develop Sam as he makes progress.

“The club says well done to Sam on a great performance throughout the championship.”

n Trinity Boxing Club was pleased to welcome Labour’s Erewash parliamentary hopeful Catherine Atkinson to the gym on Sunday morning .

The club was able to show her what had developed at the new gym since the move in August and she was able to see the boxers as they trained in preparation for their forthcoming contests .

A club spokesman said: “The Trinity gym experience certainly impressed and it was good for the club and its members to receive this kind of attention from someone who is interested in promoting the values of a community organisation run by volunteers” .

Catherine Atkinson later commented: “Trinity ABC is keeping Erewash’s proud boxing tradition alive and well.

“The efforts put in by the whole team to provide local young people with the opportunity to excel at their sport is awe inspiring.

“Young people can often get a bad press but at Trinity I met a group of dedicated young athletes that the whole community can be proud of.”