SHEFFIELD’S former English super-flyweight boxing champion Ross Burkinshaw has faced the toughest fight of his life - outside the ring.
The 26-year-old had only just tied the knot with his fianceé, Nicola, at a dream wedding on a Cuban beach when he had to undergo two operations on his left knee and have a cyst removed from his bladder amid fears it could have turned cancerous.
Ross, who lives in Beighton and trains at Sheffield Boxing Centre, Hillsborough, underwent treatment at Claremont Hospital and Thornbury Hospital.
He said: “The first operation was for my knee. I had damaged it when doing a charity run from the Castle Inn, Castleton, to the Manor Castle pub at Manor Park weeks before the wedding.
“When I was out in Cuba, my leg gave way and I had a scan when I returned, at Claremont.
“It showed I had torn my cruciate ligament and damaged cartilage.”
Ross was operated on a week later but the knee was then found to be infected and needed a further operation.
He added: “I’d been having stomach pain and had a scan before I went to Cuba.
“When I got back, I was told that a cyst had been found on my bladder.
“It needed to be removed because the doctors were worried it could have turned the bladder wall cancerous.”
Ross, who now fights at bantamweight, underwent the procedure at Thornbury Hospital.
He said: “I spent much of June and July in and out of hospital but I am a positive person and got through it with support from Nicola and the doctors, who were really good. I hope to return to training by December.”