EXCLUSIVE by Josh Heycock and Joe Cheshire
“Leeds! There’s no city like it.”
Jack Bateson will fight on his third Josh Warrington under card next month in his hometown of Leeds.
The bout on June 15 will be the 24-year-old’s 10th time stepping into the ring as a professional boxer, and he will be looking for his consecutive straight victory in front of the City where he learnt his trade.
After lighting up the amateur scene with a bronze medal in the European championship in 2013, ABA titles in 2012 and 2013, Bateson broke through to the professional game, promoted by his father, Leeds boxing promoter Mark Bateson.
Since his debut, Bateson has taken the featherweight division by storm, his electric hand speed has helped him to gain nine straight wins, including three knock-outs, which has earned him a slot on the much-anticipated (Josh) Warrington Vs (Kid) Galahad fight card.
“My relationship is good with Josh I’ve known him since we were kids and its great to see him working his way to the top,” he told us.
Boxing is a growing sport in Leeds and Yorkshire, with the City becoming a hub for boxing talent.
Massive talents such as Josh Warrington and Nicola Adams are idols for young up-comers like Bateson.
“All of my nine pro fights have been in Leeds,” he says.
“There’s no City like it, everyone gets behind each other and I have always had great support on fight night.”
“Leeds boxing is on the rise, there’s some good prospects coming through and everyone is feeding off each other’s success,” he adds.
“To get on these big fight cards is great to help get my name out there and make a statement. I’m looking to put in a big performance and get people talking about me. Eventually I want to be headlining these big shows in Leeds.”
The First Direct Arena will host Bateson’s 10th fight and it will be a huge opportunity for him to showcase his talent.