Bateson Promotions staged a dinner show last weekend at Elland Road in Leeds and it was a successful event, with five competitive fights to top a night that saw guest of honour Ricky Hatton perform an half hour funny stand up routine and shared with the black tie patrons in attendance, jokes, funny stories and highlights from his iconic career.
Topping the bill was former GB representative a star amateur, now unbeaten as a pro, Leeds’ Jack Bateson, going in against the tough Spanish based Nicaraguan Elvis Guillan over six rounds. After getting caught early in the first round with a solid punch, Bateson dominated the rest of the fight and was close to getting his rugged opponent out of there on a couple of occasions, but he just saw the final bell. It was a classy performance from Bateson chose to switch to southpaw throughout the fight and looked comfortable in both stances to run out a clear winner to go 8-0, 2KOs.
Bateson has fast hands and is sharp and accurate with his shots. With a armoury consisting of every punch in the book, Jack Bateson could be a star name in the coming years in British boxing. Bateson beat Guillan on points 60-54.
Billy ‘The Kid’ Pickles vs Elvis Guillan
Prior to the main event we saw popular local Billy ‘The Kid’ Pickles in action again when he went in with the wily hardened Newark man Fonz Alexander over four rounds. Another Bateson Promotions prodigy, Pickles is himself a former top class amateur who is now doing well in the pros and looking to continue his fortunes in the paid ranks. Pickles was busy and made Fonz work for the duration of this entertaining welterweight contest.
Pickles won every round and boxed very well. Afterwards Fonz shown a lot of respect for the Yorkshire man and appeared to suggest he knew he had shared the ring with someone of promise and undoubted ability. Coming from an opponent that is the best endorsement to have, watch-out for ‘The Kid’! Pickles outpointed alexander 40-36.
Mick Learmonth vs Istvan Orsos
Former professional rugby league player Mick Learmonth is now making a name for himself as an unbeaten professional boxer in the cruiserweight division and is doing ok indeed. Another boxer under the Bateson banner, Learmonth is a big set lad, he has huge powerful legs and is in great shape and will be an handful for any domestic cruiserweight as he steps up in the future.
Going in against survivor and the always game Hungarian visitor Istfan Orsos, the Leeds man controlled the fight well, shown speed and the ability to box and work his way through four dominant rounds that will do him good on his progression from rookie amateur, to domestic contender in the coming years.
He has the desire, the backing, the skills, the looks and what looks like a lot of time on his side to learn his trade and become another Leeds favourite. Learmonth outpointed Orsos 40-36.
Ishmael Davis vs Scott Hillman
Ismail Davis says he had only one amateur fight and no real ring experience before turning professional but you could have fooled us! Having made a successful debut in September Davis was in his second pro outing against the durable Scott Hillman.
Davis is a powerful player and seemed to rock Hillman to his boots every time he landed to head and body. But what was impressive with Davis is that he took his time, never smothered his work and was patient as he picked up the points and won nearly every second of the fight.
Many opponents you feel may have folded under the pressure and force of Davis, but to his credit and toughness Hillman hung in there and fought back to make this an entertaining battle but it was a one sided beating from the ‘Black Panther’ from Leeds.
Davis obviously has natural power, but he also shown he can box to orders and is not just a big punching aggressor. Another prodigy of the Bateson gym, Davis is and will be defiantly one to watch out for, he will be involved in some barnstormers for sure!
Ismail Khan vs Jake Pollard
The first fight of the night didn’t take place until 10pm, but by that time, the capacity crowd in attendance at their tables, were ready for some action and they were not disappointed when the night kicked off in style with a stoppage from debutant Ismail Khan going in against fellow Yorkshireman Jake Pollard over 4 rounds.
Khan from Leeds is a former multi time National Champion and ABA finalist and a stand out amateur performer. Having recently turned over pro with the Bateson’s, it was time to see how he could adapt to the pro ring and to see if he could take over the swagger and flashy boxing repertoire with him. He didn’t disappoint and entertained the respectful boxing crowd with some class work, quick combinations, excellent footwork and movement to bamboozle the Bradford man, take the first three rounds before scoring a fourth round stoppage.
Fare play to Pollard who did his best to put up a good fight and hang in there but Khan was just better schooled and eventually caught up with him. After getting dropped in the final round, Pollard got to his feet and bravely signalled to continue, but the referee did the right thing and saved him from taking anymore, plus he had suffered a cut above his right eye and the fight was long lost. Good debut from Khan and defiantly a name to keep an eye on as he progresses. Ismail Khan won 4th round stoppage over Jake Pollard.
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