Slimmed down Sheffield boxer awaits new challenge

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Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw learned a painful lesson when he took a pasting from Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell 13 months ago.

A second-round stoppage ended Burkinshaw’s interest in the Central Area super bantamweight title.

Ross Burkinshaw

Ross Burkinshaw

Burkinshaw has had three straight wins since then, two by KO, and is pursuing a different challenge down at the lower super-flyweight.

The former soldier said: “It’s a year since I boxed Gavin and look how far he has come on, he is British champion now. There are big future fights coming up for him and good luck to him. But this is my time at a different weight.”

Former English champion Burkinshaw, 28, takes part in his 20th pro fight, at the Octagon, Sheffield, on a Dennis Hobson promotion, on September 13.

He said:“It will be a six rounder at eight stone three, super flyweight, see how I feel at that, test my chin out a bit.

Ross Burkinshaw and admirers

Ross Burkinshaw and admirers

“I need to step up my fights a little bit. I want a bit of a test. Hopefully I will box in October or November, do an eight rounder. And then I’ll be chasing titles again. Look around Britain or Inter Continental titles, and do it that way.”

The fighter said he was trying to make up for lost time after a string of injuries. “I need to make my mark. I got a KO in my last fight against a guy that was as tough as nails (Malkhaz Tatrishvili, from Georgia.) I hit him with everything. By the third round, Ryan (Rhodes, coach) told me to stick to boxing because who could take and give a shot. But I upped pressure in fifth and got KO.”

n Sheffield boxers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins, and manager Richard Poxon, have completed a charity cycle ride up Pico De Veleta mountain, Spain. The riders conquered a 27-mile rise up to 11,000 ft. They are raising money for The Star-backed “Let’s KO Cancer” campaign for the Weston Park Teenage Unit (Donate via: https://www.justgiving.com/R-Poxon/)

Middleweight Etches came in first of the three.

Jenkins said: “It was a grueller with the heat and my lack of experience on a bike. But it feels a great achievement.”

n New Sheffield world champion Kell Brook meets the Lord Mayor and members of the public today (1pm) at the Winter Garden.