Sheffield fighter Ross Burkinshaw has had a pop at Doncaster promoter Stefy Bull - insisting he will carry on boxing despite losing his last three matches.
Burkinshaw was overpowered by one of Bull’s camp, Gavin McDonnell, on July 6.
The Sheffielder accepts the better man won the Central Area title and the immediate aftermath of the fight saw some sporting exchanges between the two super bantamweights. But remarks made by Bull before the fight stuck in Burkinshaw’s craw.
Bull had been confident his man would win stating: “I’ve a feeling this could well be the last time we see ‘The Boss’ in a ring.”
But Burkinshaw snapped: “If he thinks I’m hanging my gloves up, Stefy must have been having flash-backs from when he fought Amir Khan. Gavin beat me fair and square but I am carrying on.”
Bull was TKod in three rounds by Khan back in 2007. He carried on fighting until ex Sheffield United footballer Curtis Woodhouse beat him at Doncaster Dome three years later.
But Bull wasn’t the only local boxing luminary who thought Burkinshaw would be at a crossroads. The Sheffielder’s own coach Glyn Rhodes had pondered, before the fight, what ‘Ross the Boss’ would do if he lost, which he did in two quick rounds.
“Yes, I was at a crossroads and I have been beaten by a great fighter, I take my hat off to him” said Burkinshaw. “I got caught by too many good shots. But I had missed a lot of time through injury (beforehand) and that period of my life made me realise how much I missed the sport.”
As for Gavin - brother of world champion Jamie - the former soldier said: “I can see him going far. He’s skilful, he trains hard. And I hope he does go far, because he is a good lad and I get on with him. As soon as we boxed we were in the changing rooms and having a laugh. “