Ross Burkinshaw: The Boss will be back says Dennis Hobson

Disappointment for Ross Burkinshaw as he is forced to pull out of his fight with Klass Mboyane
Disappointment for Ross Burkinshaw as he is forced to pull out of his fight with Klass Mboyane
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Dennis Hobson has backed Ross Burkinshaw to get back on track – provided he listens to his corner.

Injury forced Burkinshaw to retire after four rounds in his bout for the WBO Intercontinetal bantamweight title against Klaas Mboyane on Saturday night.

Though initially speaking of retirement, the 28-year-old is now determined to carry on with his career.

And promoter Hobson says Burkinshaw can definitely come again, if he gets his tactics right.

“Ross didn’t stick to the game plan,” Hobson said.

“Mboyane was short, southpaw, and a hooker and Ross should have boxed at range and kept him on the end of his jab.

“As soon as he gets clipped though he wants to get into a scrap, which is what makes him an exciting fighter.

“But he needs to listen to Ryan Rhodes and the team around him in future.”

After pursuing a dream of a world title fight with the WBO, Burkinshaw could now look closer to home for his next challenge according to Hobson.

Burkinshaw had been mandated by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight Ryan Farrag for the vacant British bantamweight title.

And the man he beat to win the Commonwealth bantamweight crown, Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham, has since won the title himself.

Hobson said: “He has to get himself injury-free, then there are still fights out there for him.

“There’s Ryan Farrag for the British title, which is a fight he can win.

“Ryan has been a bit disrespectful on Twitter, but I think he’s just trying to make a name for himself, and it would be a good fight.

“There’s also a potential rematch with Jason Cunningham for the Commonwealth belt because their first fight was great.

“It was close and lots of people would like to see it again.

“Or we could also keep on moving down the WBO route.

“Either way, Ross has really come on since being with us and Ryan Rhodes, but he needs to stick to instructions in future.”

Hobson confirmed Burkinshaw went to hospital with his fight-ending elbow injury on Sunday but was told there was no bone damage.

He said: “He was getting shooting pains, like electric shots up his arm, but he’s been to hospital and it’s not bone-related so hopefully it will settle down.”