Bushey boxer Miles Shinkwin has set his sights on winning the British title after beating Joel McIntyre at York Hall.

Shinkwin settled their rivalry with a unanimous points victory, in the third fight between the boxers, on Saturday to win the vacant English light heavyweight title.

The 30-year-old said he would walk away from boxing if he lost but believes he can now go on to win the British belt after ending the year on a high.

Shinkwin said: “If I lost I was retiring because the money is just not there at this level and I could be earning more as a plumber which is my trade.

“I’m a confident person and I never thought that I would lose. Maybe I used it as motivation to myself.

“But where I can get to there is more money and you can chase the bigger fights because I have a bargaining chip with the English title.”

He added: “I know I can win the British title and that is the aim. I would like to be back out in March but I’m not in a great rush because I still have a few years left in me.”

Shinkwin has 15 wins and four defeats from his professional career and one of his losses came against Hosea Burton in 2016. He has targeted a rematch with Burton and is adamant he can avenge his defeat in Manchester.

He said: “I would love to fight Hosea Burton again and 100 per cent believe I would win that. It was a very under par performance from me last time but whether he would want to take it again I don’t know. I will fight anyone as my record shows.”

After one win apiece, Shinkwin dominated the third duel against McIntyre with the scorecards convincingly ruling in his favour (99-91, 97-92, 96-94).

The boxer said: “You remember these fights and I was lucky enough to win this one. It was nice to box properly and make it feel effectively quite easy on the night.

“He’s a tough man. I would rate my performance as seven out of ten but I always see flaws because I am very self critical.”

There was mutual respect between the pair and Shinkwin took satisfaction from his performance which came off the back of successive defeats.

Shinkwin said: “I have no malice against anyone in boxing. He was just another person in my way to achieving something.

“Everyone talked about me achieving all these things in boxing and I just haven’t been able to put it together yet. But on Saturday I started putting it all together.”

Shinkwin was forced to postponed his fight against McIntyre, originally scheduled for September, due to a fractured hand which temporarily halted his progress after an excellent training camp.

He said: “I normally just get on with it but I couldn’t punch and I went down in agony. At the time I was hammering my times and beating all my personal bests when it happened. It was so frustrating and just felt like I had no luck.

“Fortunately my manager Steve Goodwin did a brilliant job in getting it rescheduled so quickly and I was able to get out there again after my injury.”

Shinkwin celebrated his own win by staying up into the early hours to watch Tyson Fury’s contentious world heavyweight championship draw against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.

Fury’s trainer Ben Davison is well known to him, from his amateur days, with Shinkwin hugely impressed by their work during the heavyweight's return to boxing.

Shinkwin, who was convinced Fury did enough win the decision, said: “All the questions against him he answered and they did a great job.”