Ross the boss: Cooksey eases to second pro win
ROSS Cooksey was delighted to make it two professional wins from two with a comprehensive points victory over the experienced Luke Fash.
Cooksey earned a 40-36 verdict in the four-round tussle at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday night, which was watched by many travelling Furness fight fans.
The Barrow ABC product – now a part of Jimmy Egan’s Manchester stable – began his pro career with a first round stoppage victory over Sfefan Sashov in April, and he was thrilled to maintain his 100 per cent record.
“I knew he was going to be tough,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with VIP Boxing Promotions after the fight.
“I’d watched plenty of his fights leading up to this, and he has fought guys a lot heavier than me and they hadn’t managed to stop him so I knew he was going to be tough.
“I’ve also watched fights where he hasn’t done an awful lot, but tonight he gave it a go.”
He added: “The jab worked well for me, but we weren’t overly happy because there were things I’ve been working on in the gym that I didn’t execute tonight, but there’s plenty more fights to come and I’m still learning.
“There will be little bits we’ll discuss. There were couple of things we worked on that I didn’t to tonight, but there were other things I did do well, so it’s swings and roundabouts.”
Cooksey suffered a cut eye after an accidental clash of heads which means a mandatory 28-day ban. But with the boxing season grinding to a virtual halt over the summer months, it won’t affect the scheduling of his next contest, which is likely to be in September or October with his coaching and management team looking to keep him ticking over to gain valuable experience in the ring.
When asked when Cooksey’s next fight could be, coach Shaun Egan said: “We will sit down and have a chat and see how we go from there. We all agree that it would be good if he stays active. There’s nothing better than practice to sharpen him up.”
Cooksey thanked his fans with a message on Facebook, saying: “By the noise that was made I’m pretty sure you all enjoyed it and I can’t thank every single person enough for buying a ticket.
“For a small town the way we get behind our local sportsmen is brilliant and I boxed a tough durable man in Luke Fash and the team will look at this as a great learning fight.
“I picked up a cut with a clash of heads but it didn’t phase me and once again it’s a learning experience and part of the game.”