Cunningham unfazed by Commonwealth opponent switch

Jason Cunningham
Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham insists he is not fazed by a late change of opponent and remains confident of securing Commonwealth title glory.

The Woodlands fighter saw his last minute preparations for the fight of his life hit when reigning Commonwealth bantamweight champion Martin Ward withdrew from tonight’s scheduled fight at the Dome with a chest infection.

But after frantic negotiations, Ward agreed to relinquish the title and Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw was brought in to contest the vacant strap.

English champion Cunningham admits to going through a fraught couple of days but insists nothing can stop him picking up the Commonwealth title.

He said: “I’ve never felt as instantly sick as what I did when the call came through about Ward pulling out.

“But thanks to a lot of hard work, I’m still fighting for the Commonwealth title.

“The change of opponent doesn’t matter to me one bit. I’m ready for this fight.

“I’m going to suss him out in the first round, see how he’s going to go about things and then take it from there.

“If I want to achieve what I’m out to achieve in boxing, I’ve got to take care of Ross and make a statement. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

The winner of tonight’s bout must make their first defence against former champion Ward.