Burkinshaw wins Commonwealth title

Boxing'The Dome'Doncaster'Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight Title.''Ross Burkinshaw (Sheffield) celebrates his victory.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140
Boxing'The Dome'Doncaster'Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight Title.''Ross Burkinshaw (Sheffield) celebrates his victory.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140
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Ross Burkinshaw is the new Commonwealth bantamweight champion after beating South Yorkshire rival Jason Cunningham in an absolute war at the Dome in Doncaster.

The Sheffield fighter took the title on a split decision after a tight contest which ebbed and flowed.

Boxing'The Dome'Doncaster'Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight Title.''Ross Burkinshaw (Sheffield) gives Jason Cunningham (Doncaster) a left hook on his way to victory.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Boxing'The Dome'Doncaster'Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight Title.''Ross Burkinshaw (Sheffield) gives Jason Cunningham (Doncaster) a left hook on his way to victory.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Judges Phil Edwards and Michael Alexander gave the fight to Burkinshaw 116-112 and 116-113 respectively with John King giving the nod to Cunningham by 115-113.

Burkinshaw - who came into the fight at late notice just three days prior after the withdrawal of former champion Martin Ward - showed incredible heart throughout.

For large swathes of the fight, he denied English champion Cunningham the space in which he would have relished operating by jumping straight down his throat.

When Cunningham did manage to find the rhythm with his jab - particularly in a good stretch of the early rounds - he looked set for a comfortable night.

But Burkinshaw refused to lie down and came back strong to set up a second half of the fight where the balance of the fight constantly switched.

Burkinshaw will now make his first defence against former champion Ward.

Earlier in the night there were wins for local fighters Tommy Chadburn, Robbie Barrett and Micky Davies.

Conisbrough’s Chadburn won every round against Miklos Hevesi, scoring a contentious knockdown in the second round for a 40-35 win. Chaburn - in his third pro fight - was scrappy at times but looked much brighter when following instructions and sticking to his jab.

Barrett won the battle of Barnsley against the tricky Jamie Zaszlos, 40-37 on points. The Darfield southpaw counter punched well throughout against the rangey Zaszlos with the left hook proving a particularly potent weapon. Barrett threatened a stoppage in the final round after unleashing a barrage of hooks on the ropes but Zaszlos held on well.

Davies returned from a brief retirement for a largely comfortable 40-37 points win against Iain Jackson. The Stainforth fighter was given a workout from Jackson, who seemed most content to go on the run. It made for a difficult four rounds for Davies, who was only troubled once with a big straight in the third that provided a timely wake-up call.

Following the enthralling main event, Brad Botham caught the eye on the way to a debut draw. The West Melton fighter showed a good array of shots and decent head movement, particularly in the first two rounds. But he allowed opponent Michael Stupart to come back into the fight and left himself open.

For an in-depth report of the weekend’s boxing, see Monday’s Star.