A CHAMPION amateur boxer is on the hunt for sponsorship to help him fulfil his dream and become “the next boxing big thing since the Eubanks”.

Liam Forrest from Brighton has been crowned Southern Counties champion six times, won silver at the Haringey box cup, Europe’s largest boxing tournament, and secured multiple London championship wins.

After starting boxing in Moulsecoomb at age 12, the 24-year-old is now hoping to take his boxing career to the next level, and to do that he needs a sponsor.

He said: “My great achievements so far have happened without any financial backing but to achieve my goal I need sponsorship to continue. 

“Moving from amateur to professional takes money which I do not have. Sponsorship will pay the expenses I need to progress me from my current status as a champion amateur boxer and permit me to concentrate on building my promising professional career.”

Expenses include equipment, travel to the gym, and the cost of hiring professional trainers to focus full time to focus on his dream.

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“I am to be the next boxing big thing since the famous Eubanks of Brighton,” he said.

While Liam has ambitious aims, his ultimate goal is to expand on his current work with underprivileged children, having started training classes in boxing while tournaments were on hold due to the pandemic.

“I am not just doing this for myself and my career - I am moving to professional status in order to fund my passion for working with underprivileged children and teenagers to teach them how to box," he said.

“Boxing lessons are used worldwide in ‘preventative intervention’ to stop young people getting into trouble and causing problems for society.

“My ultimate long-term goal is to establish boxing gyms in areas where children have few opportunities and live chaotic lives.

“Boxing gives them aims and discipline and helps divert them from antisocial or criminal behaviour.

“Sponsorship would not help me to be a success in the ring and become one of the best in the world in the light heavyweight division, but it would also help my intention to work with at-risk children and youths to live better lives and for me to make a positive and worthwhile mark on the world.”

For information on how to contact Liam, visit his website forrestboxing.com.