Bates takes Central England novice title

Sam Bates
Sam Bates

Trinity ABC light heavyweight star Sam Bates is the new Central England novice belt holder after a hard-fought battle with reigning champion Nick Cartwright of Sutton-in- the Ashfield club Empire.

The belt was contested on the Benny’s show at the Mellish Sports cCentre, Bulwell on Saturday night.

The Trinity star used his greater experience to out box and out punch the determined champion.

The first two rounds were close , with each man trying to impose himself, but Bates didn’t get involved in a brawl with the big punching champion and used good movement and counter punches to establish a lead.

The final round saw the Trinity man establish a lead with sharp attacks and although Cartwright continued to try to retain his grip on the belt, Bates pulled away to take a deserved unanimous points decision.

Meanwhile, Trinity Boxing Club will celebrate its 40th year with an action-packed show at the Festival Inn, Trowell on Friday, November 20.

Tickets for this much-anticipated event are now on sale. A full programme of boxing will feature a Trinity boxer in every bout on what is expected to be a 15-bout bill.

The club have a long and proud history in Ilkeston having produced some outstanding talent in each and every year since forming in 1975 and are expecting this event to be a complete sell out so it would be advised to purchase tickets early.

To place an order for tickets priced £15 adults and £5 U16, contact club leader Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 5582.