By James Eley
Josh Burke is hoping to put a frustrating period of inactivity behind him and start fighting as much as possible, starting with Black Country Boxing’s ‘High Stakes’ show at Walsall Town Hall, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on September 24th.
The cruiserweight has been suffering with a mystery wrist injury but he is confident of finding the answers to kick-start his career after suffering a loss in his last outing:
“I am fully over the injury now,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I think it was a tissue injury in my wrist. I was training so much leading up to my last fight and doing lots of pad work and sparring and I think all the impact took its toll.
“I am still waiting to see the orthopaedic team to get a full diagnosis on what it is but it has cleared up a lot. Going into my last fight when I was throwing shots my wrist would just totally give way but I have since had an x-ray and there is no bone damage.
“I feel a lot better now anyway. I still feel it slightly but nowhere near as bad so I am going to go ahead and fight with it. Hopefully in the build up to the fight when I am training and sparring it will feel fine. I have just come back off vacation so that has slowed me down a bit but I am getting back into it now. The training and the sparring is stepping up now ready for the fight.”
The 30-year-old suffered a points decision defeat against Courtney Richards down in Plymouth back in January but Burke is adamant he took plenty of positives from it and the experience will help him with his career in the future.
“It is always important to put on a show, I want to do that every time I step into the ring and this time is no different. I want to make everyone watching proud and make myself proud because I know I am capable of getting on to big things. My last fight is a loss on my record but I don’t see it as a loss. I did six rounds with a guy in his back garden who has fought several times and that was my first time in a fight of that distance.
“I think I came out of the fight with a lot of credit. I think he was the one who came out more downbeat with the victory than I did with the loss. There were a lot of positives that I took from it. I proved that I could do the six round distance and it was only my second fight as well so that was the important thing. There are people that have had 10 fights and not done that sort of distance so for me to do that was a big performance and something I can take with me into my next fight.”
The Wolverhampton pugilist is looking forward to fighting in the Midlands and is looking to make up for lost time by fighting as frequently as possible in the coming months.
“It will be a chance for my home supporters and family and friends to come and watch me in action. In Plymouth it was hard for them to get down with it being such a long journey. I am looking forward to a local show so I can build on my following and get as many supporters following me as I can.
“I want to fight as often as I can and go up the rankings quickly and hopefully I can then get a title shot somewhere down the line. It is quite easy to climb up the rankings as long as you are keeping yourself active and busy and fighting regularly. With the start of this new boxing season I want to be as proactive as I can and fight every month to two months to get myself out there and get myself recognised and show people what I am about.”
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.
Birmingham’s Paul Holt takes on Tamworth’s Louis Fielding for the vacant Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title at the top of the bill.
Coventry’s Dilly Singh is set to make his debut at cruiserweight and is joined by former world kickboxing champion Newark’s Chad Sugden (super middleweight) and undefeated Old Hill lightweight, Manny Zaber.
Undefeated West Bromwich middleweight, Tom Stokes, will be looking to record an eighth straight win and is joined by fellow West Bromwich fighter, Tommy Loach, who debuts at welterweight.
Undefeated Birmingham super welterweight, Luke Heron (Walker), completes the card.
The weigh-in and aftershow (over 18’s only) take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE (just off junction 10 of the M6). GC Walsall will have a presence at the Town Hall on the evening and have linked up with local taxi firm, Yellow Taxi’s, to supply a number of free taxi’s to take guests from the Town Hall to the casino post-fight.
Find out more about Grosvenor Casino Walsall here: http://www.grosvenorcasinos.com/local-casinos/walsall/