Ross Burkinshaw says he can afford to be choosy when it comes to agreeing which opponent to fight next.
The bantamweight has laughed off a suggestion that he should face scouser Ryan Farrag - his team have offered him £12,000 to secure a battle for Burkinshaw’s Commonwealth belt. And he isn’t too much of a rush to offer Jason Cunningham - the Woodlands, Doncaster fighter whom he beat in September.
Burkinshaw, 28, from Beighton, Sheffield, says he was surprised to hear Farrag had been “slagging him off.”
“He was saying I am rubbish, I am a former English champion and current Commonwealth champion. So I can’t be that rubbish! I don’t think he has got a title, or even boxed for one (he is competing for the vacant English title on December 12 in Blackpool.) So how he can say that I don’t know, I’d never even heard of him before he started calling me out.
“I would rather give somebody a fight that is respectful who is worthy of the opportunity who has got a belt. I’m not going to box anybody who hasn’t got anything to bring to the table especially as he is bad mouthing me.”
As for Cunningham, he said: “I beat him after he said he’d walk through me so I don’t need to go down that route again, I’ve done that once.”
Burkinshaw’s promoter Dennis Hobson has been investigating the possibility of inviting a Canadian bantam to challenge his man in the new year.
“We’ve had a look at a Canadian guy, he has only lost one out of about 22, so we’ll see what his team brings to us” said Burkinshaw.
“I’d like to go for an intercontinental title. I want to get some more belts.”