King defeated by unbeaten Burton in Manchester

King defeated by unbeaten Burton in Manchester

Mountain Ash’s light-heavyweight Nathan King (14-27, 1KO) suffered the 27th defeat of his career against the unbeaten Hosea ‘The Hammer’ Burton (13-0, 5KO) at the Manchester Arena.

Referee John Lathan scored the six-round contest 60-54 in favour of Burton on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s ‘High Stakes’ show. Burton, the cousin of world heavyweight title contender Tyson Fury, owned a three and-a-half pound weighed advantage but chose to box the initial round on the front foot, allowing King to apply the pressure.

Respectful of Burton’s renown ‘Hammer’, King approached cautiously, crouching low before manoeuvring Burton backwards behind the jab but there was little to separate the pair in the opener. King, in his 16th year as a professional, slowed in the second round as Burton controlled the range behind a long jab, allowing the unbeaten prospect to step in with power punches which temporarily buzzed the Welshman, who ducked and dodge to recover the full use of his senses.

Burton applied a subtle change of tactics in the third, shifting weight to his lead-leg to unlock a left hook to the body. The Englishman’s success continued in to the fifth round when he began looking for short uppercuts as King’s head lent over his front foot. Such was the pressure, King was deemed to have spat out his gum-shield in the fifth round and he was deducted a point by referee John Latham as punishment.

King, who was cornered by Paul ‘Pebbles’ Paveldish, has recently been sparring former WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly at Dai Gardiner’s base in Gelligaer but it made little difference as Burton always stayed a step ahead.

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