Ross Burkinshaw’s career is in the balance after dislocating his shoulder for the SIXTH time.
The Sheffield boxer’s right shoulder popped out as he sparred with Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell. He will have a scan on the joint in the next few days.
And while the game fighter believes he can carry on, there are obvious questions to be asked about whether he can continue to risk excruciating injuries like this one. “I had thrown a right hand to the body, it had some power but wasn’t full bloodied” said Burkinshaw aged 29, the current WBO European bantamweight champion.
“As soon as it happened I knew what had gone wrong. I’ve had two operations on it and have a pin, which stayed where it should be but there seems to have been a rip through a ligament graft.
“I have never known pain like it. Gas and air and morphine in the hospital couldn’t take the pain away.”
Burkinshaw’s name has now been removed from a show due for November 21 at the Magna Centre, Rotherham.
“I felt absolutely devastated because I wanted to get back in the ring as fast as I could after my last fight (a WBO Inter-Continental title loss to Klaas Mboyane)” he said.
“I want to come back, I always seem to manage it. It is always a roller-coaster with me. But obviously at some point I have got to be thinking about other options.”
Burkinshaw (W14, L6 D2) first suffered a shoulder dislocation in 2008, in a bout at the then Don Valley Stadium. He tried to continued fighting but ref Michael Alexander stepped in.
This time he was sparring with McDonnell, who is in training for his defence on the European super bantam title on Kell Brook’s undercard on October 24.
He faces Jeremy Parodi from France