Heavyweight Battye keen to keep improving after impressive debut season

Scarborough ABC heavyweight Oliver Battye receives instructions from coach John Brownlie
Scarborough ABC heavyweight Oliver Battye receives instructions from coach John Brownlie

Scarborough ABC heavyweight Oliver Battye is keen to keep improving after an impressive debut season in the sport.

Battye rounded off his debut campaign with a split decision win against Matthew Wigglesworth of St Paul’s on last week’s Blue Dolphin show, leaving him with a record of four wins and one defeat from his five outings.

The heavyweight, who also plays rugby league for the Scarborough Pirates, is just keen to take it one fight at a time and see where it takes him.

Battye said: “I’m happy with my progress and I’m looking forward to next season now.

“We’re looking at the championships next season so I will come up against some strong guys, but I’ll just keep taking it fight by fight and training hard in the gym.”

Battye has enjoyed superb support every time he has fought, and he insists that has helped him inside the ropes.

“The support helps massively,” added Battye.

“You feel like you don’t want to let anyone down, they’ve come to see me put on a performance and it helps drive me on.”

Battye admits he only started boxing for fitness, but he quickly took to the sport.

He added: “I was just training for fitness to begin with, but I did some sparring and fell in love with the sport and haven’t looked back.”