Professional debut fight for boxing prospect McCormack

RARING TO GO -- Jack McCormack (left) with coach Shane McPhilbin
RARING TO GO -- Jack McCormack (left) with coach Shane McPhilbin

One of Hucknall and Bulwell’s best up-and-coming boxers is looking forward to his first fight as a professional.

Welterweight Jack ‘Thunder’ McCormack (23) has carried all before him on the amateur and semi-professional circuit.

Now he is raring to go as a pro, starting at the Hermitage Leisure Centre at Whitwick in Leicestershire on Sunday 28th September when he takes on highly experienced 34-year-old Kristian ‘Mr Reliable’ Laight, from Nuneaton.

“It will be a tough fight, but Jack is confident of making a big impact in the professional ranks,“ said his coach, former British cruiserweight champion, Shane McPhilbin.

“He has been preparing with some good sparring from other professional welterweights or light-welterweights, Sam Eggington (20), of Birmingham, Fergus Taylor (24), of Newark, and Nottingham’s Nathan McIntosh (26), so he is going into the fight with big confidence.”

McCormack hails from Bulwell Hall Estate and now lives on Corben Gardens in the Snape Wood area of the town.

He trains mainly in Hucknall with McPhilbin’s Team Block academy and the St George club at the Peveril Street Community Centre.

McCormack spent eight years as an amateur, winning the Notts, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire area novice title. On turning semi-pro, he won all seven of his fights, including six in the first round, and was crowned English champion on the Organised International Boxing Association circuit.

Tickets for his pro debut are available through Team Block’s Facebook page or from the gym on Peveril Street.