JOHN Ingle is rushing Jason Cunningham along as a professional because he believes his quality and dedication warrant a quick rise to the top.
Woodlands’ Cunningham, a former ABA champion, only turned pro late last year and the 22-year-old already has four wins under his belt.
He’s hoping for his fifth straight win this wekeend at Hull’s Bonus Arena. And he’s already been pencilled in for another outing at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on June 8, just three weeks later.
It is also possible that he’ll be on Kell Brook’s Sheffield Arena undercard in July. That will take him up to seven fights in eight months.
His enterprise is being rewarded by manager Ingle, who arranges for him to get onto the different shows.
“A fight fell through the other week and I rang him to see if he’d fight the day after, he didn’t even want to know how much he’d get paid he just asked what time he’d have to be there for,” said Ingle.
“He’s a pleasure to work with because you never get a complaint out of him and he’s improving all the time.
“He’s boxed Anwar Alfadli twice (on debut and last time out) and you could see the improvement in him because he nearly stopped him this time and Alfadli has only ever been stopped twice in 25.”
Cunningham’s a young father and he has no vices. Boxing is his addiction and Ingle believes he will be ready for a title fight soon.
“Down at that weight there’s not that many guys and Jason has beaten most of them already,” said Ingle.
“We’ll be looking at somebody like Andy Roberts in a Central Area title fight because it’d be a big fight for Doncaster and I think Andy would get himself up for it.
“He beat Kid Galahad in the amateurs so that shows his capabilities.”
Cunningham fought heavier in his last fight with Alfadli and thought he was stronger at nine stone.
He’ll continue to have his next few fights in and around featherweight but will make bantamweight for title matches.
Light-heavyweight James Tucker has a tough assignment on Friday night. He travels to Oldham to face Scottish Commonwealth Games gold medalist Callum Johnson.