ROSS Burkinshaw - victim of an unexpected and unwelcome loss in Sheffield last week - is predicting another surprise result in the city’s boxing scene.
The serving soldier was stopped by Bristol-based bantamweight Michael Ramabeletsa and now has to ponder where his career is going.
While he makes his decision on how he can come back from his fourth loss in 15 matches, he also believes Sheffield’s undefeated super bantamweight Kid Galahad could be in trouble too.
Galahad fights Brampton’s Josh Wale at Hillsborough Leisure Centre a week on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Ingle boxer is looking for his 12th straight win in his first defence of the WBC International super bantamweight title.
In Wale, he faces a 24-year- old battler who may have lost three of his 18 fights, but presents a clear danger.
Burkinshaw said: “My defeat last week gutted me and any future fights against people like Kid Galahad look a lot further away now for me than they did before.
“But you never know what happens in boxing. I think Galahad has got every chance of losing, himself, against Wale.
“While Galahad has got fitness and speed, Wale is all about strength and power. From what I can gather he has a lot of heart and there could be an upset.”
Burkinshaw’s trainer Glyn Rhodes threw the towel in last Friday when Ramabeletsa winded Burkinshaw with a left hook.
Burkinshaw said: “I’d been boxing the kid pretty well, that’s what I thought. But Glyn thought it wasn’t working and advised me to go in the trenches with him,” said The Rifles squaddie.
“I got hit and Glyn, feeling responsible for my safety, threw in the towel. But I had wobbled him too and, who knows, I could have gone on to win.
“Now I am just thinking about going on honeymoon, to Cuba, where I’ll have the opportunity to think what is next.
“I will definitely carry on, but maybe make a few changes.
“After such a long time out of the ring with injuries (18 months) I perhaps rushed back and would have benefited from a longer build-up in the gym. I won’t make that mistake next time.”
n Galahad beat Jason Booth to the WBC International title last February. Tickets for his Star-backed defence at Hillsborough are available at Hennessy Sports: 01925 755 222 or www.hennessysports.com