Young fighter Jack set to pack a professional punch

LITTLE AND LARGE -- Jack McCormack with his coach, former British champion Shane McPhilbin.
LITTLE AND LARGE -- Jack McCormack with his coach, former British champion Shane McPhilbin.

A young boxer with Bulwell and Hucknall connections says he’s ready to realise his boyhood dream of turning professional.

Now Jack McCormack is looking for sponsorship from local businesses willing to invest in his talent.

“I am confident I can be a success, especially with the dedication and time I am putting into it, “says McCormack. “All I want to do is learn. Keep moving and keep improving.”

McCormack (22) hails from the Bulwell Hall Estate and now lives on Corben Gardens in the Snape Wood area of the town.

He went to the River Leen School (now Bulwell Academy) and trains mainly in Hucknall, with the St George Club based at the Peveril Street Community Centre.

St George is also where he started boxing -- at the age of 14 under the coaching expertise of the late Paul Singleton, who tragically died in February last year at the age of 52 after battling cancer.

Welterweight McCormack spent eight years as an amateur, fighting across the country and capturing the Notts, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire novice title.

But a decision to turn semi-professional with the Team Block academy run by former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin has taken his career to a new level.

“In the last three months, I have had three fights and won all three by knockout -- two in the opening round and one in the second round,” says McCormack.

“Now I am looking to build on those wins in the New Year and turn professional. I am currently in talks with various promoters from around the country.

“I am looking for sponsorship to help me train, buy equipment and travel to various gyms. I am hoping local businesses would be willing to support a ‘local lad’ to achieve my goals and come with me on this journey.

“I would really appreciate any support I could get. As you can imagine, it’s a tough way to make a living, but one I believe will lead me to huge success.”

Standing just 5’7” tall, McCormack has had his share of setbacks over the years, including when he broke his hand a year ago.

“But I got back in the ring in July and everything has gone great since then,” he says. “I am trying to keep ticking over and to get fitter and stronger.

“Hopefully my next fight will be in Essex in February. If not, it will be something local in March. The aim is to turn pro next September, and I would probably drop to light-welterweight.”

Although full of confidence, McCormack also comes across as a friendly, likeable guy eager to please.

And this is reflected in his job at Trinity School on Beechdale Road in Nottingham where he works as a coach, teaching and advising youngsters on various sports.

Key to McCormack’s success as a boxer will be fellow Bulwellian McPhilbin (27), who caused a sensation by landing his British title almost two years ago.

“We have a good relationship,” says McCormack. “Shane takes me to sparring sessions and looks after me well. He’s also on the phone to me every day -- I can’t get rid of him!”

So, is anyone willing to pick up the phone and give Jack McCormack the backing he deserves? If the answer is yes, ring McPhilbin on 07450 071666.