Unbeaten super-bantamweight Chris Bourke is looking for new sponsors to ensure he can train full-time in 2022.
The 27-year-old has boxed just once this year. One Queensberry Promotions show got cancelled and then he was forced to drop out of headlining a November bill showcasing up-and-coming talent after contracting Covid.
Streatham’s Bourke is still driving daily to train at Martin Bowers’ Peacock Gym in Epping.
“At the moment I’m using my savings from my fights because I have no other income,” said Bourke (10-0, six knockouts).
“I’m hoping to get out four times next year but these fights aren’t big money and that’s why sponsors are so important.
“People see you are boxing on BT Sport and that I’ve won a WBC belt but I don’t think the more significant paydays come until you are British champion or are a household name.
“People want to sponsor you when everyone knows who you are but it is the times when you need them the most that no-one is getting in touch.”
Bourke is ranked 21st by the WBC and holds their International title. He is also the reigning Southern Area belt-holder.
More belts could be up for grabs if Jason Cunningham – British, Commonwealth and European king – lands a world title shot. Bourke said: “It’s a fight I want now but can’t see him taking. It’s too much of a risk for him. If he vacates then they are on the line for me next year.”
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