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Leek boxer Andy Keates' big test

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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LEEK boxer Andy Keates (pictured) faces a big test this Saturday, when he steps back into the ring after a 12-month absence.

The 22-year-old faces unbeaten Danny Carter in Gloucester for a crack at the British Masters silver light middleweight crown.

Keates' last fight in April 2013, when he lost to Yorkshire's rising young star Sam O'Maison in Sheffield, in a battle for the British Masters bronze lightweight title.

O'Maison scored a technical knock-out after an unlucky Keates suffered a cut eye in the first round.

In his determination to make up for that disappointment , father-of-one Keates has been engaging in a punishing training schedule.

Keates has lost just the one of his eight pro fights to date since stepping up from the amateur ranks.

Saturday's opponent Carter, aged 31, claimed the Masters bronze lightweight title with a points verdict over Keates' Fight Factory stablemate Kevin Hanks in November.

Keates said: "He's a tricky lad who looks very sharp, but I'm well up for it."

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