England’s Jack Bateson excited for new challenges in the pro ranks
After concluding an impressive amateur career, super bantamweight Jack Bateson has excitedly decided to turn his attention to the pro ranks.
Bateson had a successful, and accomplished, amateur career that saw him garner numerous accolades. These included winning nine national championships, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games and a bronze medal at the Senior European Championships as a member of the Elite Sky Sports Boxing Scholarship Program from 2013 to 2017.
However, after coming up short in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, it was decision time for the baby-faced banger from Leeds, England.
Now, after focusing on the Olympic training cycle for the last four years, the 22-year-old is embracing the next chapter in his career.
Bateson recently spoke with UCNLive about his upcoming debut and just how excited he is to get to professionally premiere in front of his hometown Leeds.
“My pro debut is this Friday,” said Bateson. “I will be making my debut at Elland Road Pavillion Centre in Leeds, opposite the Leeds United Football Ground. My dad is the promoter for this show! He has been doing boxing shows for 18 years now and I’ve grown up watching them, with hopes of being a part of it all one day. So it was only right for me to debut on this card.”
And while the dream of missing the Olympics was a hard turn in his career, Bateson now feels this is indeed the right time to turn to the pro ranks.
“I had just missed out on the Rio Olympics at flyweight and felt I had served my time as an amateur and was ready for a new journey in the pro game. A few months before the Olympic qualifiers I was injured (with a septal haematoma – a collection of blood within the septum) and was out for a short while due to an injury. At this time, I was the number one-ranked in Great Britain and set to go to the qualifiers. Another boxer replaced me for the European and World championships and was due to box me in a box-off, when I arrived back after injury before the qualifiers. He pulled out a week before this fight with an injury and then was still picked for the qualifiers. Long story short, I missed out on the Olympics and, just recently, the boxer who replaced me had failed a drugs test by U.K. Anti-Doping and will most likely be serving a ban from boxing after currently being suspended, which, as you can imagine, wasn’t easy to hear after missing out.”
Bateson is now advised by Los Angeles-based Sheer Sports Management. While the move could see the bantamweight hopeful crossing the pond for training, and his career in the pros will certainly give his passport a workout, it is Britain where he calls home and that is where he will be focusing his professional career, great news for U.K. boxing fans.
In a recent chat, Sheer Sports’ publicist Rachel Charles was enthused about their recent signing and is excited to get Bateson’s career underway in Britain. While based on the West Coast of the United States, Sheer Sports is certainly taking a global approach to its roster of fighters, currently guiding the career of Donegal, Ireland, native and undefeated middleweight contender Jason Quigley.
“We are excited about Bateson. He has such great potential as a pro,” enthused Charles. “He’ll probably be swinging through Los Angeles, at different times, to check out the scene and do some training but he is very much a U.K. kid. He understands that his career will take him all over, at different times, but he is going to be based in the United Kingdom and will be focusing his career in Britain, as of right now.”
“I would love to get over to the United States and train alongside some of the great pros out there and stay with my man and team at Sheer Sports for a while. I’m also a good friend of Jason Quigley’s, after our amateur careers together, so it would be great to get out and train with him and some of the talented fighters in his gym,” said Bateson.
Bateson, who fought as a bantamweight (123 pounds or 56 kilograms) in the amateurs, will compete as a super bantamweight and is excited to bring his style, and undeniable talent, to the pro ranks, especially to his hometown for his pro debut.
“I’m a switch-hitter, boxing as well orthodox as I do southpaw,” said the well-spoken Bateson. “I’m tall and rangy but can mix it up when I need to. I’ll adapt and change my style to the opponent who’s in front of me on the day. I’m excited about making my pro debut and getting in plenty of fights in my first year, learning the game as I work my way up the ladder towards titles that I hope to pick up down the line. I was born and raised in Leeds! Leeds is a great city with people who know how to support their own. I’m lucky to have the following I have, being from Leeds, and look forward to big nights in my city over the next coming years.”
As the popular Leeds boxer gets ready to make his professional debut, he knows patience is the key, and that professional progress is a process, but there is no guessing his long-term plans.
“My dream is becoming world champion as a pro. I used to watch boxing on TV, seeing fighters lift world titles – that’s the dream.”