Flyweight boxer Jack Bateson tells Sky Sports about targeting the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and his desire to keep adding to his medal collection...

Glasgow goal

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Last Updated: 17/12/2013, 09:26 GMT

Interviewing Jack Bateson is never a difficult task. The Leeds boxer is open, friendly and articulate. As Sports Scholarships spokesperson Johnny Nelson said of Bateson, "he's the kind of person you wouldn't mind taking anywhere, to see a king or a tramp - this kid can talk to them all."

"It's massive, there are some huge names there and to know that you are associated with their sort of team and with Sky and to have those sort of names behind you, it's amazing," he said. "Hopefully in future working with those sort of guys it'll give me confidence, working with the media and stuff like that. Not just make me a better athlete but also a better individual." In the more immediate future, Bateson is looking at the possibility of competing again before the New Year after which attention will soon turn to Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games. With no European or World Championships in 2014, the Games are set to take centre stage in the amateur boxing calendar and with Team GB split into the individual nations, there will be the added excitement of possibly facing a British team-mate. "We all spar together and especially when there's a few at each weight it'll be strange because you could be sparring together a couple of weeks before and then you're boxing your friend," Bateson said. "At the end of the day it's just a sport and you have football teams that play each other and we're boxers - that's what we do. At the end of the fight we'll shake hands and that'll be it. "The Commonwealths will be the big one, especially with them being in Glasgow. So I'll be pushing to make sure I make that team when it's picked in May. I'll be working to prove that I'm the best in my weight division in Great Britain. I've got a lot of hard work to do and I'm sure if I do then I'll be going to the Commonwealth Games." With that, we wrap up and the now de-steamed camera is ready to roll. Bateson proved once more that he is not easily flustered, seemingly taking everything in his stride and it is that attitude that will see the European champion come back stronger after a frustrating World Championships.