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(Press Release) ABA Champion Hosea Burton signs three-year deal with Coldwell Boxing
Highly-touted amateur star Hosea Burton, a former Senior ABA champion, has signed a three-year professional contract with Coldwell Boxing, and will kick off his pro career with a debut appearance on February 24 in Bolton.
The talented 23-year-old has been talked about in amateur boxing circles since his teenage years, but now makes the move to the pro ranks following a laundry list of achievements in vest and head-guard.
Coach Joe Gallagher, the man behind the rise of John and Joe Murray, amongst many others, is excited by the prospect of seeing his latest pro sensation make his bow in February.
“I've trained Hosea since he was eleven years of age, so have been able to see the progression over the years,” explained Gallagher. “He was an accomplished amateur, won five national titles, the ABA championships and beat some very good kids in the unpaid ranks. Perhaps more importantly, though, he has been in the professional gym environment for years and has sparred countless rounds with the likes of Matthew Macklin, Tony Jeffries and Paul Smith. At 23, we all feel the time is right for Hosea to make the move, as he now has that key combination of youth and physical strength.”
Burton will compete as a professional in the stacked super-middleweight division, having won his 2009 Senior ABA championship as a long-limbed middleweight. He will also look to replicate the pro success of his cousin, Tyson Fury, himself a former ABA champion.
“I've been calling Hosea my version of Tommy Hearns since he was about thirteen years of age,” added Gallagher. “He's very long and languid and can really bang with his right hand. Although his style was very much suited for the amateur game, I don't anticipate any difficulties for him in the pro game, either. He's got a big heart, a big punch and is a very mild-mannered and friendly kid outside of the ring. He's the type that will have no problem whatsoever knuckling down and fulfilling his goals.
“All in all, it's a great deal for everybody concerned. Dave Coldwell is a young and ambitious promoter, who is catching a lot of attention at the moment due to the great non-TV shows he's been putting on. He is also a trainer of fighters, and that tells me he knows what it's like to work with these guys on a daily basis and really feel what they are feeling. He knows fighters, and understands that these young kids need to be busy and looked after when they're just starting out.”
Promoter Coldwell, who this week also signed light-heavyweight prospect Matty Clarkson, expects big things of Burton and described his acquisition as 'one of the most exciting so far'.
“Promoters have been trying to get Hosea to turn pro since he was a teenager, and that is simply because boxing people recognise the talent he possesses,” said Coldwell. “Hosea is one of the most gifted amateurs out there right now and, when he makes his pro debut in February, will instantly be pinpointed as a hot prospect and future title hope. We'll build him towards domestic belts the right way, but, at 23, he is now at the perfect age to really show Britain and the world what he's all about.”
Hosea Burton makes his highly anticipated professional debut on Friday, February 24, in Bolton. For tickets to 'The Italian Job', please visit www.coldwellboxing.com. For up to date info on the show follow @davidcoldwell on Twitter