Sheffield boxing: Ross Burkinshaw eyes WBO title shot after Saturday’s show in Rotherham

Ross Burkinshaw celebrates his win after knocking out opponent Benjamin Smoes in February - Pic By James Williamson
Ross Burkinshaw celebrates his win after knocking out opponent Benjamin Smoes in February - Pic By James Williamson
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Ross Burkinshaw believes his sixth fight in 14 months will lead him to a chance to compete for the WBO bantamweight title.

The Sheffield fighter, 28, competes at Magna Centre, Rotherham on Saturday, hoping to win the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.

“My promoter Dennis Hobson is treating this as an eliminator for the WBO world title - he has delivered my third title fight in just over a year so I can’t wait for this latest opportunity.”

In his way is 33-year-old South African Klaas Mboyane, a switch hitter with a long reach. “I am prepared for anything that he brings” said Burkinshaw.

“I have had some great technical sparring with (former IBF World Bantamweight champion) Paul Butler in Manchester, who was switching all the time to help me prepare.

“He thought I was just an inside fighter so he was surprised that I could box on the back foot - and that is something I want to show I can do on Saturday. I have got 12 rounds in the tank, if I need them.”

Trainer Ryan Rhodes has been pressing Beighton-based Burkinshaw to get “in and out” quickly after scoring a punch.

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