Boxing: Teen Jack Shortell aims to follow in Nicola Adams’ and Jack Bateson’s footsteps

Nicola Adams.
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Leeds teenager Jack Shortell will make his international debut fighting for England tonight.

Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club teen Shortell has already twice been crowned a Yorkshire champion with the 14-year-old also a National Schoolboys Champion.

Leeds bantamweight Jack Bateson.

Leeds bantamweight Jack Bateson.

The 31kg-33kg fighter will now box for England for the first time this evening as part of a series of international bouts against Ireland in Bristol.

Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club press officer, Frank Johnson, said: “Fighting for England is a real feather in his cap. He’s a smashing lad, a belting little kid and a naturally good boxer.

“He’s an orthodox fighter who has had seven wins one loss and we are hoping he will go far.”

Shortell will face three two-minute rounds against Irish opponent Dylan Foy as part of an evening that features 16 bouts with Elite, Youth, Junior and Schoolboys/girls all competing at Bristol’s City Hall.

Shortell became a national champion last year when defeating Epic’s Leonard Herne in the Class B 29.5kg category as part of the England Boxing National Schoolboys Championships finals.

Shortell is the latest in a long line of boxing talents to emerge from Burmantofts ABC, following the likes of Nicola Adams, Qais Ashfaq and Jack Bateson who himself boxes next on March 1 at Elland Road Banqueting Suite.