Ross Burkinshaw has a huge incentive to battle back to fitness after undergoing his latest operation on a dislocated shoulder.
The bantamweight learned by accident that he had been stripped of the WBO European title he had won in February.
“Me and Dennis Hobson (promoter) had no idea what time limit I had to defend it in and nobody made any contact” he said.
“We only found out from a boxing website that somebody else was competing for it!”
Burkinshaw, who lives on the Sheffield-Rotherham border, is keen to win it back. “I vacated my Commonwealth title but when I get back I want to go after those two belts and the British title.”
All will depend on how well he will recover. He first dislocated his shoulder in a fight against Dewsbury’s Abdul Mghrbel in 2008 at Don Valley Stadium.
It popped out again sparring Wayne Reed in 2010 and again on holiday in 2011 leading to an operation in the same year. But when it dislocated sparring Doncaster’s European super bantam champion Gavin McDonnell six weeks ago, he had to go under the knife again.
“They took a bone graft from a different part of my shoulder and used that to repair the socket which had fractured. “The surgeon says I have a 90% chance that it won’t happen again. I am a determined man and I will be coming back and going for those titles.”
Burkinshaw (W14 L6 D2) said his family supported his decision.
“In February I’ll be able to throw my first punch, then we’ll see how things are shaping up” he said.
“But I am going to stay healthy, have the right phsyio and do everything I can to continue in the game.”