Ross fears long lay off after op

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ROSS BURKINSHAW is determined to climb back into the ring, despite facing the threat of an 18-month lay-off.

The former English champion hasn’t boxed since last October and, more recently, has undergone an operation on the cruciate ligament in his right leg.

That is still on the mend - and now his left leg may need similar surgery, in November.

“In all, it could be 18 months from my last fight to my next,” said Burkinshaw, 25, who lost to Merseyside’s Craig Lyon in a British bantamweight title eliminator at Bolton on October 2.

“The operation on my right leg was serious, I had a lot of pain because they had to take a graft from my hamstring and the drilling of my shin has left me with a numb feeling.

“The same thing could now happen to my left leg. But I’m not letting it get to me.

“I’m getting married in Cuba in May and I’d like to box before then.”

Burkinshaw, a serving soldier in The Rifles Regiment has a Won nine, Lost three, Drawn two record.