Jason Cunningham ‘must show progress’

Jason Cunningham
Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham must show he has learned from his mistakes if he is to become Commonwealth champion on Saturday night.

That is the verdict of trainer and manager Stefy Bull who revealed he went back to the drawing board with the former ABA champion.

The Woodlands fighter has in the past shown he has the ability to control bouts and outbox opponents.

But he has also shown a worrying tendency to forgo discipline and get involved in brawls which only nullify his skills.

That undoubtedly cost him victory the last time he fought for the Commonwealth bantamweight town, surprisingly losing out to Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw.

And while he has shown progress since then, the lack of discipline was apparent in his last bout against Csaba Kovacs which was not clearly as comfortable as it should have been.

The 25-year-old faces Nasibu Ramandhani (15-5-1) of Tanzania at the Dome this weekend for the vacant Commonwealth crown.

And Bull has called for him to be switched on from the very first bell.

“We’ve worked very hard on Jason over these past few months,” Bull told the Free Press. “There were a few things that needed to be addressed if he’s going to be a success at this level.

“He’s a very good fighter when he’s switched on. The two defeats he had could have gone either way.

“But he needs to be more disciplined, stick to the plan and get the job done right.

“We drill it into him all the time and in the past it’s gone out of the window a bit when he’s gone out there.

“We won’t know whether that will happen until he gets in there on Saturday but we’ve worked very hard to try and make sure it doesn’t.

“He’s had his setbacks and we’ve looked to learn from them. This is his chance to go again and I’m sure he’ll take it.”

Other Doncaster fighters on the bill include Conisbrough’s Steven Hale, Hyde Park’s Aston Jolly and Harworth’s Andy White, who will make his professional debut at light heavyweight.

The chief support sees Barnsley’s Andy Townend face Femi Fehintola for the vacant English super featherweight title.