For a boxer from Sheffield, tonight should have been a step on the ladder towards a possible world title.
Commonwealth champion Ross Burkinshaw should have been fighting for the IBO International Bantamweight title at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. But he suffered a serious injury that has forced him to contemplate a life beyond boxing
John Shires spoke to him to find out what the future might have in store.
Doncaster boxer, Gavin McDonnell, successfully defended his European Super Bantamweight title in Sheffield on Saturday night, winning on a unanimous points decsion.
Frenchman, Jeremy Parodi, took McDonnell for all 12 rounds, but 29-year-old Gavin, twin brother of WBA World Bantamweight title holder, Jamie, put in an impressive shift to extend his unbeaten record to 16 fights.
The bill at the Sheffield Arena, was headlined by Chris Eubank Jr, after World Welterweight champion Kell Brook was forced to pull out of his title defence through injury. Eubank dispatched of opponent Tony Jeter in just three minutes and 29 seconds, keeping his WBA interim middleweight title.
Kell Brook has been forced out of his IBF World Welterweight title clash with Diego Chaves at the Sheffield Arena on Saturday October 24 after sustaining a rib injury in sparring.
Brook was set to make the third defence of his belt against the dangerous Argentine, but having spent time in hospital with the injury and taking the advice of medical experts following scans, the Sheffield star will now look to face Chaves later in the year.
The Sheffield show goes ahead with the Sky Sports debut of Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he defends his WBA Interim World Middleweight title against American Tony Jeter, Gavin McDonnell defends his European Bantamweight strap against former World title challenger Jeremy Parodi, along with a host of exciting young talent on the bill.
It's always a bitter blow when an injury causes a fight to be postponed, especially so close to the event. Kell picked up a rib injury in sparring yesterday and spent most of the day at hospital yesterday. Kell was desperate to fight but it was simply impossible and we will now look to reschedule the bout for the end of the year.
Matchroom Boxing will make a full statement on Monday regarding details of full refunds and partial refunds to those fans still attending the show.
Kell Brook has been named Boxer of the Year by the British Boxing Board of Control.
He landed the honour at an awards ceremony in London last night, after a successful year winning the IBF World Welterweight title in California last August, and then dealing with a leg injury after being stabbed on holiday. He was back to fighting fitness by Spring.
Brook was unable to collect the award in person as he is currently in training camp in Spain preparing for his third world title defence against Argentine's Diego Chaves on October 24.
Current IBF World Welterweight champion, Kell Brook, says he wants 'big' fights, like Amir Khan, after he fights Diego Chaves in October.
Meanwhile, Doncaster's Jamie McDonnell says he is eyeing a change in weight divisions following his next fight, wanting to move from Bantamweight to Super Bantamweight.
Leeds boxer Josh Warrington takes on Australian Joel Brunker at the Leeds Arena tonight as he edges closer to a shot at the world title.
The 24 year old puts both his International and Commonwealth titles on the line this evening in a match that is also being seen as an unofficial eliminator for the world title.
Close to 10,000 fans are expected at the Arena tonight to see if Josh can maintain his unblemished professional record.
Tomorrow night's bill in Leeds should also have included Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell defending his European Super-Bantamweight title.
But that fight's been postponed so that Gavin can be at ringside in Texas to see his twin brother Jamie defend his own world title on Sunday night.
Jamie puts his WBA Bantamweight crown on the line against Japanese Tomoki Kameda in a rematch of their explosive fight back in May.
By Sam Duffy
Unbeaten boxer Josh Warrington faces Australian Joel Brunker on Saturday evening for the WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight title.
Warrington will fight in front of a partisan home crowd at First Direct Arena in Leeds in his 22nd professional fight. His opponent Brunker has only lost once in 29 fights.
Leeds-born Warrington has won on all three of his previous visits to the venue, in an atmosphere described by promoter Eddie Hearn as ‘one of the best in world boxing’.
If victorious, Warrington is targeting a domestic featherweight showdown with Lee Selby, with the possible venue being Leeds United’s Elland Road.
Kell Brook will defend his IBF World Welterweight title against Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 24.
Brook makes the third defence of his crown after beating mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan in four rounds in March and then stopping Frankie Gavin in six rounds at The O2.
Argentinian Chaves enters the clash on the back of a split draw with Timothy Bradley having also taken on Brandon Rios and Keith Thurman in his last four fights.
Chaves is a rough, tough, durable fighter who is very dangerous. He’s coming off a draw to Tim Bradley, was ahead on the cards against Brandon Rios until he was disqualified and gave Keith Thurman a solid fight so we know what level he has mixed at and how good he is.
I'm so excited about boxing in my home town of Sheffield again. London last time out was a great experience fighting in front of nearly 20,000 but I’m excited to be back there – it is my home. I’m looking to excite like I always do and light up the Motorpoint Arena on October 24.
Kell Brook is set to announce details of the third defence of his IBF welterweight world title.
The Sheffield boxer is expected to face Argentinian Diego Chaves at the Motorpoint Arena on 24 October.
Chavez has won 19 of his 26 fights inside the distance with two defeats and one draw.
Brook, 29, beat Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin in his first two title defences.