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Jack Bateson handles minor crisis

English title bout beckons for Jack Bateson after he averts a scare
Jack Bateson
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Leeds • September 6

JUST for a few moments, early in the fourth of a scheduled six in the Banqueting Suite at Elland Road, it looked as if Jack Bateson’s impending English title clash against Michael Ramabeletsa might be in danger of being scuppered. A clash of heads with bearded Georgian Khvicha Gigolashvili saw Bateson retreat with blood above the left eye and briefly it appeared a minor crisis was about to unfold.

Fortunately, though, things weren’t as bad as they first appeared and, in the end, with the emergency averted, the unbeaten home boxer, switching stance with regularity, secured his 11th paid victory with a 60-54 result handed down by Howard Foster.

The Georgian had his moments, notably in the opening exchanges of the third when he landed two lefts upstairs either side of a right to the body. However, even with Jack more cautious than usual, it was only ever going one way.