JASON Cunningham is bidding to build on the inspiring success of his Olympian stablemate Luke Campbell.
The Woodlands fighter trains regularly alongside gold medal winner and fellow bantamweight Campbell at the St Paul’s gym in Hull and at one point they battled it out for squad places on Team GB.
Now an undefeated professional from five contests, Cunningham, aged 22, says he has no regrets about turning professional instead of trying to make it into this summer’s games or the next ones in Rio in 2016.
“If I had been in another weight category then it could have been me in the Olympics instead but I’m happy as a professional,” admitted Cunningham, who has an amateur beat Kid Galahad.
“I fought Luke before he went to the Europeans and it was a good bout but he beat me on points. He and his trainer Mick Bromby are the main reasons why I wanted to join St Pauls anyway.
“I think the Olympics have proved that British boxing is the best in the world and that makes my ABA title mean more because I did so well to win it.
“Luke’s success is fantastic and I’m so happy for him because he’s a grounded, nice lad and now I want to win titles for the gym too.”
Cunningham’s next outing will be on September 8 at Hull’s Bonus Arena and he still thinks he’s on track to win his first professional title within his next few fights.
He and Campbell are similar in their styles and he believes being a rangy, southpaw can be a winning formula in professional boxing too.
“The plan is to fight three more times before the end of the year then look towards my first title early next year,” he said.
“Luke and I are both tall southpaws and nobody likes fighting left handers. We’ve also got height and reach and it makes it so difficult for shorter opponents to get within range of us.
“I’m making the transition to professional boxing. I sparred Stuey Hall (former British and Commonwealth champion) and more than held my own. I just need to pick my shots better and not waste so many.
“I’m going to settle as a bantamweight and I believe I can win titles at that weight.”