Ross Burkinshaw briefly thought about giving boxing the elbow when he damaged the joint in his last match.
But that impulse didn’t last long - and now the Beighton warrior is not only demanding more fights from his promoter, they have to be title showdowns too.
Burkinshaw lost the WBO Inter-Continental title in May after the injury to his left arm - done weeks previously in a sparring session with Sheffield-based Hungarian Adrian Fuzesy - flared up against South African Klaas Mboyane.
But the 29-year-old remains the current WBO European bantamweight belt-holder and doesn’t want to be in meaningless fights as he seeks to better his W14 L6 D2 record.
“I was asked if I wanted to be on a six or eight rounder on show in October but I said no - I want 12-round title fights” he said. “I want to be top of the bill - I should be: I sell more tickets than anybody. Hopefully I will find out soon whether I am defending my European or going for go for a different title at the Magna Centre on November 21.”
His elbow is now repaired and he is in training for his 23rd fight. And he has promised his trainer, Ryan Rhodes, that this time, he’ll listen to him, rather go gung-ho. “Against Mboyane the injury hurt when I threw a jab so I went for the KO and it just didn’t work. I know I can’t keep going into fights with all guns blazing. That was the old me, I have to move on.
“I’ve always bounced back from reverses, that’s my mentality. I threw a Paddy after losing last time saying I was quitting but now my training is going as well now as it ever has. When I go for a run I still feel like I am 21 and my times are faster now than ever.”
Burkinshaw, who competes in this weekend’s Great Yorkshire Run, will head the Magna bill which includes the Lewis Taylor v Jez Wilson local derby - Wilson (Crosspool) trying to prize Dronfield-based Taylor’s English middleweight title off him. “They are both friends so I can’t say who will win. But it should be a great spectacle - Lewis is a good long range boxer while Jez is a powerful inside fighter.
* Dronfield’s Rod Smith will box unbeaten Tom Doran at Liverpool on November 7.