Yates suffers semis heartbreak

Yates suffers semis heartbreak

BATLEY boxer Jordan Yates suffered an agonising split decision defeat in the National Boxing Championships semi-finals.

Having clinched the Yorkshire title Yates faced quarter and semi-final bouts in the space of seven days.

Yates had claimed the Yorkshire crown by dropping his opponent in the third round, which set him up for a trip to Durham where he faced the North East Tyne & Wear champion.

In the bout Yates, who trains at Dicky’s Gym in Batley, beat a vastly more experienced fighter.

In just his 18th bout Yates overcame an opponent with 43 fights under his belt to claim a unanimous points victory.

The win set Yates up with a last-four trip to Liverpool, where he faced the Merseyside and North West champion.

In a close contest the split decision went the way of the Merseysider, to the dismay of many in the audience.

Yates dominated the second round with straight rights to build up his points following a tight first-round battle.

Yates celebrates his 18th birthday tomorrow (Sat) following a year in which he had 19 fights and 13 wins, along with the Yorkshire title to his name for a third time. Yates is now preparing for his first bouts as a senior boxer.

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