Joshua Burke believes an impressive performance in his next fight could set him up for a shot at the Midlands Area Cruiserweight Title, writes James Eley.
The 30-year-old has two wins and a defeat to his name and he feels a positive display on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Going for Gold’ show at Walsall Town Hall, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on November 19th could put him in contention for a title chance.
“I am hoping to try and get in there for a Midlands Title with it recently becoming vacant,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “It would look good if I could have a few more fights before going up for that but I would be willing to jump straight in there after my next fight.
“I will have to speak to my manager and see what the options are after this fight but I want to push on and look for titles. I am not in the game to mess about and fight weak opponents; I want to challenge myself against the best so the sooner that happens the better. I am ready to test myself and I hope I can get that chance soon.”
The Wolverhampton cruiserweight managed to hold on to a points victory last time out against Rolandos Cesna in September and feels he will learn from his mistakes in the preparation for his upcoming Town Hall appearance.
“I want to put on a better performance this time,” he added. “I didn’t do the weight properly last time and I didn’t eat enough on the day of the fight so I think that’s why I didn’t last.
“I felt I started strong and dominated the first two or three rounds but then I let him back into the fight in the last round and he put his all into it looking for the knockout. I am used to finishing the stronger so it was unfamiliar ground to have someone coming after me but I put that down to not doing the weight properly and that is a valuable lesson learned for me. I won’t be making the same mistakes again and hopefully that will result in a positive performance.
“I fought in the Town Hall last time out and I am looking forward to getting back there again. It is nice to be in the same venue so you know what everything is like and you can get a feel for the place and the surroundings.
“I know the team that is around me too so that will make me feel relaxed. It will be like a home fight for me so hopefully the supporters can come along and cheer me on for another win and it will give me the edge to give them a good performance.”
Old Hill super featherweight, Manny Zaber fights for a first professional title at the top of the bill and is joined by Walsall’s former British Lightweight Champion, Martin Gethin.
Swadlincote’s undefeated super middleweight, Zach Parker, also features.
Newark’s Chad Sugden (injury) is replaced by Chasetown lightweight, Luke Jones. West Bromwich welterweight, Tommy Loach, completes the card.
Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (VIP Ringside), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.