Sheffield boxing: Ross Burkinshaw must beware the underdog

Ross Burkinshaw with the trappings of success
Ross Burkinshaw with the trappings of success
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Don’t tell Ross Burkinshaw that he will be the favourite to win when he defends his Commonwealth belt against Terry Broadbent on Febraury 21.

The Sheffield bantamweight knows all about how underdogs can spring surprises - he did it himself to claim the title in the first place.

Burkinshaw upset the form book when he beat Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham, last September.

And he recognises that Broadbent will feel he can pull off a similar shock, at the Octagon Centre.

But the 28-year-old father of two says the belt is too precious to surrender it at first attempt: “Winning the Commonwealth is a feeling that can’t be described” he said.

“I was fighting a guy (Cunningham) that was unbeaten and had never lost a round in his career. Now, confidence-wise, I’ve got the belt and it’s given me an extra confidence boost.”

Beighton’s Burkinshaw (W13 L5 D2) takes on Broadbent who has won seven and lost three. It’s a Yorkshire derby with the away fighter from Leeds.

Broadbent’s last fight was a ten-round defeat for the English super flyweight title, against South Shields’ Anthony Nelson.

Appearing on the undercard of the Dennis Hobson show will be Sheffield’s Uzair Najib and Muheeb Fazeldin contesting the Central Area super-bantamweight title; Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor; Sheffield’s Waleed Din, Nicolie Campbell, Ramzy Nassa, Pharys Nassa, Loua Nassa, and Razaq Najib.

*Promoter Eddie Hearn says Sheffield Arena has sold 7,000 tickets for Kell Brook’s March 28 title defence, already.