Central boxer Yates edged out in national semi

Boxer Jordan Yates in action during his English Junior Championship semi.
Boxer Jordan Yates in action during his English Junior Championship semi.
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Central EBC boxer Jordan Yates suffered semi-final heartache for the second successive year, when he competed at the English Junior Championships.

Last year, Jordan fought at 50kg and won the Yorkshire title, going on to represent the White Rose in the quarter finals, where he defeated the North East champion to claim the Northern England title before he eventually bowed out to the Midlands champion at the semi-final stage.

This year Jordan moved up to the 52kg category, where he again claimed the Yorkshire title and also won his quarter- final against the Merseyside and Cheshire champion.

It proved another case of so near yet so far for Yates, who trains out of the Central EBC gym in Batley, as he again lost in the semi-finals to the North East champion.

Yates, who is trained by former Dewsbury professional boxer and current England and Great Britain coach, Mally McIver, will make a return next year aiming to clinch a hat-trick of Yorkshire titles and go a step further on the national stage

The Central gym, home to local boxing star Gary Sykes, is thriving with a host of talented youngsters hoping to bring titles to the area.