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Intake’s Will Burkin suffered a second straight loss on the road but earned plaudits in defeat.

Burkin, aged 25, has certainly been chucked in the deep end as a pro but is coming through tough tests without being taken apart.

The cruiserweight shared two rounds with the highly-rated former ABA champion Jack Massey at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Saturday night - eventually going down to a 40-38 loss.

Whilst Massey was schooled well in the amateurs and won the prestigious amateur title this year in the cruiserweight division for Northside ABC Burkin’s upbringing is from Thai Boxing but his trainer Sean Thickett says he will give anyone a fight.

Thickett said: “It was a tough fight but Will definitely gave it a go.

“He lost but was in with a very good lad and deserved a share of two rounds. He’s a tough lad and he’ll get a win soon.”

Burkin is part of Thickett’s growing stable, which now also homes unbeaten Barnsley middleweight Ben Davies and burgeoning light-welter Sam Matkin.

Matkin was involved in a thrilling draw last time out and is back in action later this year. Davies will fight at the Doncaster Dome in December.