Change can often be a catalyst for growth and for Miles Shinkwin a shake-up in coaching staff may just supply the revitalisation he is looking for.

The Bushey Boxer has parted company with Jason Rowland and is now under the tutelage of Punch London’s Don Charles - a man who has worked with the likes of one-time World heavyweight title contender Dereck Chisora.

Charles is known for his defensive coaching and Shinkwin believes these qualities can help him move on from a testing period.

“I have got stuck in a rut of trying to entertain people whereas I should be trying to win fights rather than do that,” Shinkwin said.

“Don told me entertaining is all well and good but there is nothing to gain from it if you can’t win fights.

“He was speaking my kind of language. Straight away we worked on my defence and he prides himself on defensive coaching, which is what I need.”

Shinkwin leaves Rowland’s camp with no ill feeling, with logistics rather than souring relations forming the basis of his decision.

An hour comute to train in Essex becomes a 10 minute journey from Shinkwin’s house, and a stable boasting two other light heavyweights means he’ll never be short on sparring partners.

A record of 13-2 including seven wins by knockout makes decent reading, but a difficult 18 months have, by Shinkwin’s own admission, seen his career stall somewhat.

National title defeats to Hosea Burton and Joel McIntyre, in which Shinkwin fought in hostile away environments, even had the 29-year-old questioning his future in the sport.

Joining Charles has renewed his appetite, however, and Shinkwin is eager to make headway and fulfil what he feels is his sizeable potential.

“I got to the point where I was thinking ‘do I really want to be doing this?’,” he said.

“The new trainer and change has given me a breath of fresh air and I am back loving it.

“I don’t want to be the geezer in 20 years’ time in the pub who says they were quite good but just gave up.

“I want to be able to tell my kids that I gave everything. If i give up now I couldn’t say I had given it my all and was as good as I could have been.”

The first step towards doing just that is, as always, hard work and mitigating circumstances have meant life under his new trainer have been gruelling.

A broken hand in his loss against McIntyre ensured an injury lay-off and regaining fitness levels tops the agenda before targeting a return to the ring in Autumn.

“I had four months out of the gym after the last fight and didn’t do anything, so the first couple of weeks with Don were Brutal,” he said.

“I am sort of getting used to it now, but after another coup,e of weeks I am sure it will pick up again.

“I want to fight in September so it is nothing too stressful at the moment and we are just getting used to how each other likes to work.”