Batey is gunning for the All-Midlands title

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ROSS Batey is gunning for the Amateur Boxing Association’s All-Midlands title after he landed a swift one-two to be crowned the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire champion.

On Saturday, Batey – Boston ABC’s only representative in this year’s senior ABA English Championships – will fight at Coventry as he aims to become the top middleweight in the region.

He claimed the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire title after two victories in the preliminary rounds this week.

Batey found it tough going in his first encounter, against Mark Darby at Mansfield on Friday.

The Nottingham fighter handed nothing to Batey as he also had his eyes on the crown.

Darby held his ground in the opening rounds, and his counter attacks caused Batey problems and forced him to fight with more caution than usual.

Both boxers showed tiredness towards the end of the superb contest.

However, Batey still had something left in his tank and made more of an effort to see off his opponent.

As blows were exchanged, the Boston fighter’s more readily found their mark, causing Darby to retreat and unable, for the first time, to compete.

On Saturday, Batey was in action again, taking on Grimsby’s John Stapper in Spalding.

Stapper offered no threat as Batey was able to box well within his own ability and still secure a points decision to claim the two-county title.