British boxing may have a new star in the making. Light heavyweight prospect, Hosea ‘The Hammer’ Burton (7(2)-0) is the 25 year old cousin of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21(15)-0) Manchester based Burton is busy making his moves towards his goal of a world championship, and has recently trained at hall of fame trainer, Freddie Roach’s Wildcard gym in LA.
“It was a great experience for me to go out to LA with my gym mates from Gallagher’s Gym where I train”, said Hosea “Joe Gallagher is a brilliant trainer and he took us all to spar and train with the best fighters out in America. I really enjoyed it. I was sparring with Mike Tyson’s son, D’Amato a lot. It was strange to see celebrities coming into the gym like Cuba Gooding Jr and Mickey Rourke but the training and the experience was priceless.”
Despite only turning professional less than two years ago, the 2009 ABA champion has already gained a respectable record. From his seven fights he an unblemished record of seven victories, including stoppages over two opponents. In his most recent fight, a first round demolition of Jahmaine Smyle in June, many people in his camp thought it would be a jump up in class but clearly Burton has already evolved to a higher level.
If it had not of been for David Haye’s injuries, the Manchester man would have featured on the undercard of the highly anticipated clash between Hayemaker and Tyson Fury at the MEN in September, but it wasn’t to be. As a result, Burton is hungry to get back to action after the lay off and looking to add another impressive victory to his record.
Hosea Burton’s next fight is scheduled for the 22nd February at the Ice Arena in Hull, where he will take a step towards the English title, the precursor to UK, European and then World success.
By Michael Muldowney