Cunningham ready for the call

Jason Cunningham had a crucial win on Saturday
Jason Cunningham had a crucial win on Saturday

Jason Cunningham has sneaked his running shoes into the luggage for the family holiday.

The Woodlands flyweight, 23, won a crucial fight on Saturday night against Welshman Kyle King at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.

Defeat would have spelled disaster as he has the English title within his sights. Although King tried to take the fight to him, Cunningham came through a 39-37 victor and remains unbeaten.

“I did what I had to do, it wasn’t a great performance but the win means I’ve still got the English title fight to look forward to,” said Cunningham, who’s now 9-0.

“I wasn’t happy with how I boxed in the last round and I think that’s the one that he won. I felt fit enough to do more rounds anyway which is a good sign.”

The southpaw former ABA champion now goes to Tenerife with his young family but knows he will have to be prepared just incase the phone rings.

“The fight’s gone to purse bids so we’ll have to see who wins as to where the fight takes place but I’m hopeful it will be in Yorkshire,” he said.

“The running shoes are packed and I might have to do some training whilst I’m over there but I’m prepared for that.

“If I have to go and fight Nathan Reeve down south I’ll be ready for that too.”

Bessacarr veteran James Tucker has called time on his 74-fight career.

At his best Tucker was a handful for anyone and challenged for the Central Area title last year.

His best night came when he knocked out Doncaster rival Daniel Slaney to become Masters champion at Doncaster Racecourse. Out of his 62 losses, he was only ever stopped three times.

Doncaster heavyweight Carl Spencer takes on Sheffield’s Carl Baker on Saturday at the Octagon.

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