Better late than never for Jason

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Jason Cunningham is determined to finally get the job done and become Commonwealth champion on Friday night.

The Woodlands bantamweight lost to Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw in his first attempt at winning the Commonwealth title in September.

And after Burkinshaw vacated, Cunningham was set to fight for the title a fortnight ago, only for opponent Nasibu Ramadhani to pull out due to illness.

But Ramadhani is back to full fitness, the fight is on for Friday night at iceSheffield and Cunningham is determined to make up for lost time.

“I feel like it’s been a long time coming and there’s no way I’m going to let it slip again,” he told the Star.

“On another night, I’d have got the decision against Burkinshaw and won it months ago. Then I’ve had to go through this delay so I’m champing at the bit for this fight.

“There’s no way that I’m not winning on Friday night. That title is going to be mine.”

Cunningham admits he knows little about Tanzanian fighter Ramadhani and knows he will have to assess his opponent in the ring.

He said: “There’s about three minutes worth of footage on YouTube but that’s it.

“You know that’s going to be the case with the African kids.

“I’ll have to see what he brings in the first two or three rounds before I know what I’ll have to do.”