Posted: 15 / 10 / 2021
For Fes Batista, the trauma caused by the racism and bullying he experienced whilst at university pushed him to the point of nearly taking his own life.
But after fighting back from suicidal lows to regaining his focus – largely thanks to Lady Gaga and a dedication to boxing – Fes’s journey took him to Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas where he became one of the few fighters to record a knockout in the place notoriously known as ‘The Dog House’.
The Huddersfield-native’s underdog story brought him worldwide attention as a global anti-bullying ambassador for the World Boxing Council, leading to appearances on the likes of CNN, Sky Sports, USA Today, BBC Times Of India News and more.
Listen to Fes Batista’s story on the Taking Care of Business podcast…
But it was Batista’s skills in the ring which brought him to the attention of boxing legend and former four-weight world champion, Roy Jones Jr, who he now calls on as a coach and mentor. Now with two professional wins in Florida under his belt and a pound-for-pound boxing great in his corner, The Terrier has his sights set on breaking out onto boxing’s world stage with the next step of his unorthodox journey taking him to Mexico and America on a 12-month fight tour.
The super welterweight is heading across the pond with between eight and twelve professional fights penned across the year as Fes aims to pick up belts such as the Florida state title to put himself amongst the professional picture in the UK. The longer-term strategy is to then take this momentum back home to the UK and stage fights at venues including the John Smith Stadium – the home of Fes’ local team, Huddersfield Town, for who he is also a proud ambassador.
Of his goals in boxing, Fes says:
“Roy’s plan for me over the next 12-months is vital for us to gain the momentum needed to build up to a big fight and sell out a stadium, in a similar way to how Josh Warrington did with Leeds United and Tony Bellew did with Everton.
“There are many big names fights for me down the line, but it all comes down to a successful 12-month period now.”
And on the opportunities to be part of the Batista team, Fes added:
“Boxing has given me the platform to try and make the world a braver, kinder and more accepting place. After my first professional win in Florida I immediately built a well for a poor village in Kashmir, so now my team and I are looking to take my quest to become a champion to the next level and do even more good.
“I’m lucky to have some amazing sponsors on board to support me with my quest of improving the world and fighting back against bullying through boxing. Sedulo are one of those sponsors and I’m really enjoying repaying them for their sponsorship, whether that’s through what we’re achieving together or the access to the professional boxing world I’ve been able to give them.
“I’m always on the lookout for more sponsors who share my vision though. The more that join my team, the more good we can do together, so please reach out to me on Instagram or LinkedIn. if you’d like to chat a bit more.”
For brands or businesses interested in sponsorship, Fes currently has only two types remaining (both detailed below) and a limited number of logo spots remaining. To enquire about sponsorship, reach out to Fes on Instagram or LinkedIn, or speak to your Sedulo contact.
Sponsorship | Option one – £3,000 (12 months)
This option includes:
- A company logo on Fes’ fight shorts and training clothing for the next 12mths across Fes’ fights covering the USA and Mexico.
- A social media promotion for the company
- Signed Fes Batista boxing gloves
Sponsorship | Option two – £6,000 (12 months)
This option includes all of the above, as well as:
- Signed and framed gloves from Fes Batista and Roy Jones Jr
- A video promoting the brand or business from both Fes and Roy Jones Jr
- Options to speak directly to Roy