This weekend sees Leeds hero Jack Bateson return to the ring for the first time in 12 months – and he’s ready to make up for lost time by putting in a display to remember.
Rising star Bateson (11-0, 3 KOs) faces fellow undefeated fighter Matt Craddock (2-0) at Hangar 34 in Liverpool, with the event broadcast live on FightStream.TV.
Bateson is excited to step through the ropes against an unbeaten opponent in Birmingham's 'Wiggy', and believes that will result in an even better performance.
Bateson said: “I’m very excited. I’ve been out of the ring for a year now so I’m looking forward to getting back down to business and putting on a good performance this Sunday to get my career back on track.
“It’s been tough this year. I was due to make my return to the ring in April before the show was cancelled due to COVID. Since then I’ve been training hard behind the scenes and making sure I’m ready for when boxing returned. I feel blessed to be able to get a fight during these mad times and I’ll be able to put in to play the hard work I’ve done behind closed doors throughout 2020.
“I don’t know much about Matt but he’s unbeaten and is coming to win. The better the person in front of me the better I will perform. It shouldn’t be a problem fighting in front of no fans. A fight is a fight at the end of the day and I train day in day out with noone there apart from me and my coach.
“As an amateur I fought all over the world where most of the time I had no support at all to cheer me on, so that experience should see me well this weekend.”
Craddock won his pro bow on points in November 2019 on TOP Boxing event at Aston Villa's stadium, then returned to the ring the following month, just days before Christmas, to win his second pro bout, also on points.
26-year-old Bateson fought a winning fighter on his pro debut back in September 2019, but this will be first unbeaten opponent he has ever challenged during his fledgling three-year career.