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Two out of two for Cooke

ANTRIM boxer Conor Cooke made it two wins from two when he returned to the ring in Belfast earlier this month.

Following a stunning second round debut knockout in Dublin in July, Cooke was fighting on the 'Back in Belfast' card at the Shorts Sports and Recreation Club on the Holywood Road.

And once again he pulled no punches as he continues his unbeaten start in the pro ranks, outpointing Poland’s Pawel Strykowski 40-37.

Cooke now has his sights on testing himself again in the near future.

The 31-year-old said: “Losing is not an option for me.

“I just want to keep busy for now and then look at an Irish title.

“I feel I have a lot to show and I have potential.

“I have the right people around me now and I believe I can do well in the game.

“This time next year I would like to see myself as an Irish champion.

“I set that goal way back when I decided to box again – that from my first pro fight I’d like to fight for the Irish title within 12 months.

“If I keep working hard there’s no reason why this can’t happen.

“My aim is to go as far as I possibly can.

“I know time is against me so I’m hoping to be as active and as successful as possible within the next five to seven years.

“I would love to provide for my family and live a comfortable life through boxing.

“Anything is possible with vision and hard work.”

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