Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw shares his story and journey as a Claremont patient

Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw, former English, Commonwealth & WBO European Champion, shares his colourful personal story with us and his journey as a Claremont patient.

Ross has been through a tough time over the past few months with yet another big shoulder injury and his newly announced retirement from boxing.  In typical ‘Ross The Boss’ style though, he’s made a comeback by opening up his own gym and recovering well from his most recent operation under the care of Mr David Potter, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and member of Sheffield Orthopaedics Ltd (SOL) at Claremont.

Ross started boxing when he was just 8 years old with his first fight at 11.  By the time he was 17, he entered the army in the 2nd Battalion Light Infantry.  By 2006, he became the first serving soldier to become a professional boxer, promoted by Frank Maloney.

In 2008, he suffered his first loss at Don Valley Stadium when his right shoulder dislocated in the 2nd round.

In 2009, following a successful recovery, Ross made a comeback becoming super flyweight Champion of England, promoted by Ricky Hatton.

In 2011, he suffered yet another shoulder dislocation and was admitted to Claremont under the care of Mr David Potter for keyhole surgery complete with titanium pins.  He recovered well after this operation but during his comeback fight in 2012 his left knee gave way and he was back in theatre again for cruciate ligament surgery with Mr Paul Sutton, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and member of SOL at Claremont.

In 2014, he made another amazing comeback winning the commonwealth title followed by the WBO European title in February 2015.  In May 2015, during the WBO Intercontinental World Title Eliminator, Ross injured his elbow and was forced to retire in the 5th round.

Yet again, he recovered well but on 7th October 2015, whilst sparring with the British, European & WBO Intercontinental Champion Gavin McDonnell, Ross sustained an agonising shoulder dislocation in the 2nd round and was rushed into hospital.

“I looked at Nicola my wife and said, just get me to Claremont.  I was in terrible pain and knew I needed to see Mr Potter.  I was put to sleep for my shoulder relocation and as soon as I came round, I called Claremont to get an emergency appointment with Mr Potter.  Thankfully he was able to see me just 2 days later.” Ross explains.

Post-op x-ray of Ross’s shoulder showing pins

“It was a devastating time for me as I knew this injury was worse than all the others and it could be the end of my boxing career.  Mr Potter broke the news to me that I’d fractured part of my shoulder socket which would require a bone graft and more pins.  It was a big operation.”

“My world was turned upside down but Mr Potter and everyone at Claremont made me feel so welcome.”  Ross says with a smile.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the way they looked after me at one of my lowest ever points; the care at Claremont and from Mr Potter has been nothing but first class.”

Mr Potter says “It has been a pleasure to care for Ross, he is a good patient and follows all the advice he’s given with good humour and determination.  I wish him all the very best for the future.”

The future is bright for Ross.  His new venture Box Boss Fit with Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw at his new gym at 157 Morland Road, Sheffield, S14 1DT has taken off with people coming from far and wide to train with the former Champ (



Ross Burkinshaw
Claremont Private Hospital

Date: 02/03/2016
By: technical