JASON Cunningham’s having no problems in professional boxing yet after he picked up another win at the weekend.
The former ABA champion, aged 22, from Doncaster moved onto 5-0 with a Saturday night win over Latvian Janis Puksins at Hull’s Bonus Arena. It was a relative walk in the park for the southpaw bantamweight who cruised to a 60-54 win. Cunningham still hasn’t lost a round as a professional and he’s after an improvement in the quality of opponent for his next outing.
“I need to step it up now because I’m facing people who are just coming to survive,” he said. “I’ve won five fights all on points now and it looks like I haven’t got a dig but I know that I’ve hurt all of them opponents at some stage.
“It was a learning fight and I’ll take something from it. I switched off at one point and got caught with a few silly shots and I don’t want that to happen again.” The youngster believes that he could have recorded a stoppage if there had been three minute rounds instead of two minutes.
Puksins has been stopped on this soil by the heavy-hitting Mongolian Choi before and Cunningham believes he nearly did the same.
“I could have had him out of there if I’d have had a bit more time,” said Cunningham.
“When it’s two minutes, the rounds are over before you know it. It was supposed to be four threes but he made a fuss about it. I’m keeping busy, though, and that’s what I need.”
In Manchester on Friday night, Doncaster duo Jason Ball and James Tucker had it a lot harder as they faced former amateur stand-outs and both suffered defeat.
Ball didn’t disgrace himself against Liverpudlian Joe Selkirk. The Central Area light-middleweight champion took a while to get going and suffered a 78-75 defeat over eight rounds against the former ABA champion.
James Tucker didn’t get into the eighth round in his contest with Commonwealth Games gold medalist Callum Johnson. Tucker was stopped in the seventh round by the light-heavyweight Boston man.
Should Curtis Woodhouse win his British title eliminator with Dale Miles next month he’ll face a new champion in Darren Hamilton.
The late replacement from Bristol ensured the light-welterweight belt changed hands with a convincing win over Ashley Theophane in Liverpool. Cunningham will be on the Woodhouse-Miles undercard at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.