Sheffield boxing: How Ross got the stag night blues!

Sheffield boxer Ross Burkinshaw
Sheffield boxer Ross Burkinshaw
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Ross ‘the Boss’ is a superbantamweight who lives in Beighton. Injuries have meant he has fought just once since 2010. But he’s back - and fighting exciting Doncaster rival Gavin McDonnell - brother of Jamie - on July 6, at the Keepmoat.

What have you been doing today?

I got up at 6am after a phone call from my mum to tell us my sister Carla has gone into labour with my nephew Logan. I then ran six miles around the hills at Dam Flask with amateur boxer Tommy Frank. Later I trained at Sheffield Boxing Centre.

Who is your inspiration?

My wife Nicola is my inspiration; she puts up with me behind the scenes. Cooking for me several times a day when dieting, supporting me through all the injuries and giving me a boost when I need it. Most of all she is the one that encouraged me to believe in myself and get back in the gym.

Which sports star did you admire, growing up?

Boxers Naseem Hamed, Clinton Woods, Paul ‘Silky’ Jones, Ryan Rhodes and Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham. Also football legend Chris Waddle - I am an Owls fan!

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

This is a tough one: it’s between Waddle, former World heavyweight champion Frank Bruno and snooker legend ‘’The Whirlwind’’ Jimmy White.

When was the last time you cried?

I like a good cry I’m an emotional kind of guy. A bit of sad news, something inspirational or just a low point in the day can set me going..

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am the first serving soldier to become a pro boxer which has made me an inspiration to young recruits. Becoming superflyweight champion of England. Also taking on the responsibility of being a father to two wonderful boys and being a role model to them.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

From former world champion Clinton Wood: ‘’Behind every great man there’s a great woman’’.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I was eight years old when I first took up boxing. It wasn’t until St George’s day 2009, 15 years later that I won the English belt. I knew then.

What is the most nervous you have ever been?

When I was in Cuba on my stag do, just a few days before my wedding. I was play fighting with the lads while at sea on a catarmaran and I split my forehead open. I thought Nicola would kill me.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

All the time, but only for a split-second. I soon change problems into a positive.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

Useful for keeping yourself in the public eye. I am no longer on Facebook at the moment but may be starting a new Fan one this year. Follow me on Twitter


How do you relax ?

I enjoy dining out and spending time with family and friends. I like to holiday a lot too. I love seeing different places and experiencing new things.

Where was your last holiday?

The Maldives on honeymoon. It was the most beautiful place I have been. Definitely going back .

Do you cook?

Nicola does all my meals; she is a far better cook than me. My favourite meal is Fillet steak with Stilton, Garlic creamy mash with grilled green veg.

What was the last book you read?

The Secret (by Rhonda Byrne) a book about the mind and power and positive thinking. If you believe, you CAN achieve.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

If I wasn’t boxing and got a family I’d still be in the forces serving on the front line as a Rifleman with the elite 3 Rifles.

Why do you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I am a local, down to earth and most of all why not? After all I am ROSS THE BOSS!