Confident Jason targets Irish title

On a mission: Jason Cunningham, right, dreams of winning an Irish title and emulating Jon Jo Irwin
On a mission: Jason Cunningham, right, dreams of winning an Irish title and emulating Jon Jo Irwin

Bantamweight puncher Jason Cunningham got as much of a boost out of delving into his family tree as he did his weekend win.

The Woodlands former amateur star, aged 22, strolled to his third professional win at Ponds Forge on Saturday.

Referee Michael Alexander, himself a former Doncaster fighter, gave Glaswegian Ryan McNicol a share of the last round but Cunningham was a comfortable 40-37 winner.

Cunningham was pleased with the way he made a rugged opponent look easy and believes his options have been broadened with news that he could one day fight for an Irish title.

Cunningham said: “I boxed well and it was another good learning fight for me.

“I should be back out May 12 (Kid Galahad v Josh Wale undercard) and hopefully I’ll be stepping up to six two minute rounds.

“My grandad was Irish so I’m told that qualifies me for an Irish title and I’d like to fight in Ireland one day and with the links my manager John Ingle has over there it’s a possibility.”

Doncaster boxing great Jon Jo Irwin won the Irish title before he claimed a Lonsdale belt outright and Cunningham would one day love to emulate him.

However, Cunningham, who travels back and forth between Doncaster and Hull where he trains will be back in the gym next week after spending a bit of time with his young family.

“I’m really close with my coaches in Hull and I’ll stay at their houses so I can get two sessions in,” he said.

“Curtis Woodhouse is in our gym at the minute and it’s a really good atmosphere. I’m raring to get back in the gym already and there’s plenty I’ve learned from the last fight and still plenty to work on.”

Cunningham thanked new sponsors Askern company New Image Contracts for their support.

Edlington’s John Anthony has accepted a tough assignment this weekend. The 37-year-old cruiserweight fights unbeaten Geordie banger Travis Dickinson over six rounds at Blackpool’s luxurious Winter Gardens on Saturday night.

A stoppage either way could throw spanners in the proverbial works.

Anthony is set to fight Sheffield’s Carl Wild for the Central Area title, whilst Dickinson is in line for an English title shot against Bob Ajisafe in May.