Former British title challenger Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw gets an unexpected but welcome return to the big time on Saturday September 6 when he faces Jason Cunningham for the Commonwealth bantamweight title at the Doncaster Dome.
In a terrific all-Yorkshire battle, Sheffield’s Burkinshaw steps in against home-town man Cunningham after original opponent, and former champion, Martin Ward was forced to withdraw at late notice with a chest infection.
Date of birth: 03/03/1986
Age you first started boxing? “I started at 8 and had my first fight at 11.”
Which amateur club(s) did you box for? “Hylton Castle Boys Club.”
What was your amateur record? “I can’t remember my exact record but it was roughly 45-50 fights and I know I had 15 losses because you always remember your losses more than your wins!”
What were your amateur achievements (if any)? “I was junior Northeast schoolboy champ, NABC national champion, I got to the semis of the ABAs in my first and only try at them, and I was ranked number three in the UK before I turned pro.”
When did you turn pro? “When i was 20, I’m now 24.”