Batey reaches the ABA All-England quarter-finals

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ROSS Batey was resinstated into the All-England Amateur Boxing Association Championships - where he claimed the Midland title with a first-round stoppage.

This was enough to see Batey book his place into the middleweight section’s last eight.

George Jovecetas had narrowly beaten Boston ABC fighter Batey to the Midlands title, but a broken hand ruled him out of progressing in the championships.

So, with Batey reinstated, he headed off to Coventry this weekend - where he superbly blew away opponent Dominic Deevey’s hopes midway through the first round.

Deevey began in aggressive style and Batey accepted his challenge - with the Boston fighter’s blows being the more telling.

This caused the man from Leicester to change tactics, jabbing and moving out of harm’s way.

But it couldn’t dampen Batey’s mood and the referee finally came to Deevey’s rescue.

Batey’s performance earned him the right to represent the Midlands in the tournament’s quarter-finals, where he will now compete in Liverpool on Sunday.

Fighting at Scunthorpe on Saturday, Boston ABC’s Daniel Clarke displayed potential in his points decision over Grimsby’s Mark Whall.

Clarke had the better of the exchanges in the early stages, his combination blows to head and body leaving Whall little chance of retaliation.

But he was a durable opponent and made a spirited attempt in the closing stages to ruffle Clarke’s rhythm.

However, the Boston lad had enough energy left to fend off this resurgence.