Leeds prospect has Games target

Jack Bateson.
Jack Bateson.
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Olympic boxing hopeful Jack Bateson looks to add a second national title to his cv this weekend – and seal his spot at the Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old from Leeds heads to Liverpool hoping to add the flyweight title to the light-flyweight crown he won 12 months ago.

He said: “It will set me up for the Commonwealth Games and obviously if you do well there that gives you a good platform leading to Rio 2016.

“It’s about getting the ball rolling for other big events.”

Bateson is the second seed in Liverpool, with his quarter­-final tonight.

If everything goes to plan, he will meet top­-ranked Briton Charlie Edwards in Sunday’s final.

Bateson is one of three Leeds boxers in action at the Echo Arena alongside light flyweight Oliver Simpson and bantamweight Qais Ashfaq.