Days away from the biggest test of his career to date Jack Bateson has signed a promotional agreement with Probellum.
The undefeated super bantamweight takes on Diego Ruiz at the Leeds Utd FC Banqueting Suite on Saturday for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental belt.
After a steady rise to sixteen fights without defeat Bateson now takes on the man who has shared a ring with Michael Conlan, Shabaz Masoud and pushed Lee McGregor to a draw in February.
In a in a Probellum press release Bateson said:
“I’ve seen Ruiz box a couple of times in the last 12-18 months, and these are the sort of fights I want to be in,” “He’s a good fighter, as tough as they come, and Ruiz will be looking at me and thinking this isn’t anything he hasn’t seen before but, mark my words, he’s never been in the ring with anyone like me before!”
“I won the English title last year and I am now ready to push on and a win on Saturday will, hopefully, get me a top 15 ranking with the WBA.”
Bateson’s aspirations lie far beyond Diego Ruiz as he hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Leeds fighter and current IBF Featherweight world champion Josh Warrington.
“I am blessed to be from a city like Leeds,”
“Josh Warrington is a big pal of mine and we’ve all seen what he has achieved, and I know if I work hard and stay grounded then I can get to that point too.”
“And it won’t be long before I’m filling out the First Direct Arena, like Josh does, but I need to get past Ruiz first.”
“Saturday will hopefully be the start of some very big nights for me, and I know that the Leeds fans will get behind me, as they always have done.”