The Shefffield Star

Dream come true for ‘Smokin Shaun’

They calll him Smokin’ Shaun

And while Sheffield boxing has had more then its fair sharte of heartbreak recently, following the death of Scott Westgarth, the sport has certainly been a blessing for one city sports fans.

Shaun Barker, age 27, suffers from cerebral palsy and had to try and overcome movement diffieultiec in his daily life.

Yet he loves being put through his paces by trainer and former WBO European, Commonwealth and English champion Rose Burkinshhaw at the BossBoxFit gym in handsworth.

Shaun, who lives in Crookes, said he initialy heard about the gym from Support worker.

He tried it – and love it.

He saidthe exercise “helps me improve my disability and gets me out to meet people.”

Shaun, whose favourite boxer is Sheffield former world champion Kell Brook, added; “I enjoy keeping fit, Rose is very good at his job and favourite shot is left (hock.”)

Sheffield United and Sheffield Steelers fan Shaun isin training at Burkinshhaw’s gym in Richmond Park Rd, for a white collar boxing match at Rotherham’s New York Stadium on May 18, when he be in the ring to help raise money for Hallam FM Cast for kids.

Burkinshhaw said: “I take my hat off to this kid Shaun for not letting hid disability, cerebral palsy get better of him.

“His carer told it was his dram to box, so I thought to myself – why not? We can make this happen and it is a pleasures to help him achieve that.

“I’m told that he needs to build his muscles and we can do that, we are focusing on his legs and arms and doing eveything his movement.

“He came in walking with aid of a stick but we’ve got him walking without, around the gym. He loves it, Shaun will be in the ring first in our May show in Rotherham and he just car’t wait.”

Meanwhite, the nation’s boxing administrater are evaluting a new handheld brain scanner thst could be used by ringside doctors. The British Boxing Board of Control is supervising triald of the device carried out by the London Air Ambulance.

The scanner apparently detect brain bleeds with an accouracy of 90% ofien befor any symptoms suck as headaches becomes apparent. The move is being backed by Westgarth’s brother Adam. Who believes all profesional shows should have a scanner available.