Streatham’s Chris Bourke wants bantamweight title shot before Christmas

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Chris Bourke said he “made a statement” after an eye-catching fourth-round stoppage of Adam Mbega at York Hall last weekend.

Steatham’s Bourke, 29, had his 24-year-old Tanzanian opponent down with a body shot before the referee stepped in shortly after to end the contest.

Bourke, from Frank Warren’s stable, is now targeting a title before the end of the year, with British and Commonwealth bantamweight belt-holder Sean McGoldrick and European champion Thomas Essomba in his sights.

“I boxed way better than last time,” Bourke said. “I didn’t know much about the kid but he had a good record and I knew he could hit, so I just had to work him out and then go from there, really.

“It’s been frustrating, they’ve been trying to get me opponents but nothing was happening so I was a little bit worried. But I stayed in the gym, stayed working hard and they offered me a guy who had a good record.

“So it was a good opportunity to make a statement like I did and get him out of there. I think I performed well. I’m usually a bit of a slow starter but I was strong from the beginning. I got caught with one or two silly shots but you can’t swim without getting wet.”

Bourke added: “I just want people who have titles. Sean McGoldrick has got a British title or Thomas Essomba has got a European. I want to clean up the division quickly, get these titles and move through the ranks.

“They’re the fights I wanted for this show, the sooner the better. I’d like to be back out one more time this year for a title against one of those lads I said with a big title behind it – and then enjoy Christmas!”


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