Ross ‘soldiers on’ with new management team

After 16 years training at the same gym, Ross Burkinshaw has quit his long-term coach and is trying his luck with former world champion contender Ryan Rhodes.

Burkinshaw parted company with Glyn Rhodes,at Sheffield Boxing Centre, after a disagreement - although the boxer is at pains to point out that both remain friends. “Me and Glyn are both very stubborn we just decided to end up parting company” said Burkinshaw, 27.

Ryan Rhodes, left, with his new charge

Ryan Rhodes, left, with his new charge

“It was a hard decision after such a long time. But its a fresh start, it’s probably good for Glyn and I’ve moved on.”

Burkinshaw is being promoted by Dennis Hobson, as well as training with Ryan, whose ring career ended with a Euro title defeat last year.

“I ended up training at Dave Coldwell’s gym with Ryan, he is taking his trainer’s license” said the younger boxer. “Initially when I trained with him I got that gut instinct that I was comfortable and felt relaxed there.” He feels he is progressing already, sparring with the likes of Curtis Woodhouse, who has fights pencilled in at Hull in November and at iceSheffield, the following month.

“I always like a war, but Ryan is working on me to get out of the way, not to be stood in front. I’m learning new things” said Burkinshaw, a former soldier with The Rifles.

An example of previous ring naivety came in his last performance, a defeat to Gavin McDonnell, at Doncaster in July.

The Sheffelder failed to protect himself after receiving a couple of solid head shots, preferring instead to continue going forward.

“That was my downfall that night. Gavin is a great fighter. He tagged me and instead of me backing off I ended up rushing and he put me down. It was the wrong thing on the night, but I am learning from it. Against Curtis, (sparring) I am automatically rush in, but Ryan is making me back off, move away and step into the side. Hopefully when that happens in the future I will have different directions to come from.”

Part of Burkinshaw’s strategy includes losing four pounds and going back to bantamweight. “I was always stronger at that I make the weight pretty easily.”

But the fighter is going to have make an impression, after losing his last three outings.

“I have still got that hunger there, I am a young 27. I am really fit, I live right, my diet is perfect and when I train I put 100 per cent into it. I want to prove everyone else wrong. There are critics out there, but I’ll prove them wrong.

“I will have a few steady fights back, ease my way into it maybe four rounds and six rounders and then I will be looking at titles again.”

n Lee Cain has watched Liam ‘Cannonball’ Cameron grow up to become one of Sheffield’s top prospects and now he is hoping his sponsorship can help him reach the top. The managing director of Northern Environmental Solutions is a family friend of the Cameron family and grew up with Liam’s father, Alan, on Manor Park.

Now, after sponsoring Liam as an amateur, he wants to help out the middleweight in his quest for international acclaim.

The deal between Cameron, 22, and Northern Environmental Solutions will see Cain, 44, pay for Cameron’s medical bills each year as well as new training and fighting gear. The past year alone has seen Cain spend £2,000 on the boxer.

“I’ve known Liam’s dad all his life and we are all from the same area so have watched him grow up” Cain said. “When he was an amateur, he struggled for kit so I convinced my boss at a previous company to sponsor him. Since then, I set up my own business and decided I wanted to help him out again.”