Exclusive: Jack Bateson talks debut victory, looks forward to Josh Warrington undercard

Joe Hewlett 22/09/2017

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Jack Bateson wasted no time in making a statement as he bashed out Zsolt Sarkozi within the first round at the Banqueting Suit at Ellend Road on his pro debut.

The Yorkshireman is relishing his next opportunity on October 21, where he gets the chance to showcase his skills on the Josh Warrington undercard.

Bateson admitted he has always wanted to fight at the First Direct Arena.

“It’s a massive show, on the Josh Warrington undercard it’s always a massive night at the First Direct Arena,” Bateson exclusively told World Boxing News.

“When I first went to one of the shows I always dreamt about fighting there so to bring my Leeds lot down, together with Josh, hopefully it’ll be a proper atmosphere.

“I’m excited, it’s only the beginning but I’ve been in the game a long time now, I’m looking forward to my pro career with the next one five weeks away,” he added.

The former Team GB star cited his father and brother big influences on his development inside the ring.

“My brother used to box when I was young, 7 or 8, and he actually packed it in and my Dad kept asking me if I wanted to go down the gym and I was never bothered.

“But I went down with him in the end and I was boxing my first fight at eleven and kept on winning, I stuck at it and am where I am. It’s all gone quickly if I’m being honest.”

The 23-year-old prospect will contend at super-bantamweight and hailed the likes of hall-of-fame boxer Roy Jones Jr as inspiration whilst growing up.

Bateson is hoping for a special career. He concluded: “I love watching the likes of Roy Jones Jr someone who has flair and all the angles like Lomachenko.

“I like to see something that’s different, if you want to be good or special then you have to have a different style.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95