Two years ago, Ross Burkinshaw’s career looked to be on the rocks after his third consecutive loss.
But since then he’s won two titles and will now to compete in a WBO bantamweight world title eliminator next month.
So the Sheffield fighter is pretty well qualified to give advice to two city ring-colleagues who have also suffered reverses, recently.
Liam Cameron was beaten to the Commonwealth super middleweight title belt by Luke Blackledge on April 4 and that had followed a fourth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten middleweight Adam Etches, by Sergey Khomitsky.
But Burkinshaw is confident both will bring back the glory days. “It’s boxing: anything can happen” he says. “Look at me, in the past I’ve been beaten and been out with injury. I was written off by the boxing world; the general public had written me off. They thought that was me done. But I bounced back; I have been Commonwealth and WBO European champion...now I’m on the verge of a world title.
“Liam Cameron boxed a geat lad and he got beat. He’s been beaten before so he knows he can come back from it. You just got back back to the drawing board. Same for Adam Etches: he can go on to win things.”
Burkinshaw said some other boxers don’t challenge themslves to go beyond a certain level. “It is whether you believe in yourself. I always believed I would box for a world title, since I was eight years old. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
The Beighton man said he’d grown up around champions including Clinton Woods, Paul Silky Jones and Herol Bomber Graham.
“Now we’ve got, in Sheffield, Kell Brook. They all knew they could get to that next level and believed in themselves.
“If Liam and Adam believe in themselves and know they can do better they will bounce back from it, no problem.”
Burkinshaw was surprised by Cameron’s loss. “I thought Liam would be far too technical and smart for him, but the lad on the night he performed absoutely great but the right Liam didn’t turn up on the night.
“As for Adam’s opponent: they are in a bigger weight class and they are powerful punches - you get a shot like that and it is going to hurt, but he can bounce back from it.”