Road warrior Burke happy with Taylormade progress


Robert Burke [2(2)-0] doesn’t really do pro camps, but feels he is improving since his quick introduction to pro boxing earlier this year.

Within seven days of exiting this year’s National Elite Championships in February the Glasnevin BC graduate was making his pro debut in Hungry.

His second fight was another under the radar affair and came in a similarly bizarre location, this time Slovakia and played out after just two weeks notice.

However, the 30-year-old has been training non stop and sparring in Ballyfermot under the watchful eye of Pete Taylor and believes he is already settling into the pros.

“I felt a lot more comfortable and relaxed in the ring this time around,” he told Irish-boxing.com after his second pro victory.

“The performance was a lot better as well . I felt I was sitting down on my shots a lot more this time around. I’m getting great sparring with Luke Keeler an Gary Cully two great lads that are bringing me on.”

Although there has yet to be a laid out pre fight camp Burke points out he has been training regular with Taylor and is progressing nicely.

“Training has been stepped up to another level with my coach Pete Taylor every training I feel I’m learning more an more in loving it the the lads,” he continues before reflecting on the performance.

“I thought I boxed well . I was more relaxed with picking nice shot breaking my opponent down with body and head shots. It wasn’t long before he didn’t wanna be there.”

Burke certainly is banking some travel miles and has real on the road the experience after just over a month as a pro, but he does hope to be able to fight at home soon.

“I’m hoping to get on a Ireland show soon. I’m staying ready an getting down to super middle at the minute so I’m looking to have my first fight in Ireland at that weight.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com