It has taken five attempts but Intake cruiserweight Will Burkin got his first professional win over the weekend.
The Sean Thickett-trained fighter, aged 25, has not had it easy since turning professional last year.
His opponent at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington, Danny Fleary, was the first non-unbeaten fighter he’d tackled. Burkin was heading towards a brave points loss before turning the fight completely around in the fourth round. Hometown man Fleary, who has been in a similar position to Burkin – running unbeaten hot prospects close at short-notice, was decked three times to enforce the stoppage.
Manager Carl Greaves was cornering him. He said: “It was an unreal finish because the other lad is decent as well. It really was a great turnaround.
“I’ve been in boxing a long time but I’ve never heard a crowd silenced like that before. It’s good for Will to get his first win because he has come so close in the past.”
Burkin now heads to Doncaster Racecourse for a rematch with another hometown man Matthew Brierley – who he scored a draw with last year.Greaves has plenty of local connections and he will turn his attentions to ensuring Brampton’s super-bantamweight Josh Wale gets another crack at the British title.
Some saw Wale beat Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell at the Leeds Direct Arena last week but a split decision draw left the need for a third contest between the pair.
Liverpudlian Jazza Dickens wants to muscle in on the action now but Greaves says he is hopeful that the British Boxing Board of Control ‘see sense’ and mandate Wale for the title.
Dickens, who was taken out convincingly by Kid Galahad last year, was ringside for the contest and said: “The level of class that myself and Galahad fought at was leagues above what went on in there and I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the British title.”