5th January 2012
|Hosea Burton – by www.britishboxers.co.uk|
Super-Middleweight Hosea Burton who is trained by Joe Gallagher in Manchester and represented Jimmy Egan’s boxing academy as an amateur, this week signed a three year deal with Sheffield promoter Dave Coldwell and will make his professional debut on the undercard of the David Barnes v Giuseppe Lauri fight, at Bolton’s De Vere Whites Hotel on February 24.
Hosea 23, from Manchester is the cousin of British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and is a former ABA champion, five time National champion and was ranked the No1 middleweight in England. In recent times Burton as been left frustrated after being over looked by the English selection team despite his amateur credentials. Burton never got picked for GB Boxing’s Development nor Podium squads for London 2012. The decision to overlook him as now prompted his move to the paid ranks.
|Promoter Dave Col|
A happy Coldwell spoke to British Boxers today about signing one of the country’s prospects and his plans for the future.
“Myself and Joe Gallagher have been talking about this on the phone over ‘the Christmas break’ Both he and Hosea came to my office yesterday to chat in person and sign the deal.” Coldwell told us.
“We’re really excited to have signed Hosea at Coldwell Boxing. I rate the kid really highly. – He’s beaten some great talent, Ryan Aston, World Bronze medallist Neil Perkins and the USA’s golden boy Luis Arias who’ll be in the Olympics this year.
“Joe is very excited about him and knows what he needs to do technically in order to make it to the top level.” added Coldwell.
Former fighter Coldwell is making a name for himself on the promotional circuit and making great strides with the fighters he has recently signed, not to mention Ryan Rhodes who fights for the European title this year. Coldwell puts alot of his recent success down to new business partner Spencer Fear who helps him with the business side of things, leaving Coldwell to concentrate on the boxing and training of the fighters at his new gym in Rotherham.
“Recently I’ve took on a business partner, my friend Spencer Fearn, on a business level the man is a genius.” said Coldwell.
“Spencer has Put real structure to what I do and that allows me to focus on the boxing side of things. Our plan is to take Coldwell Boxing to the next level. Within the next year to eighteen months we’d love to have a television deal.
“Making signings like David Barnes and now Hosea Burton shows we’re committed to what we’re striving for. Add those two to the likes of Woodhouse and John Watson and that’s not a bad little line up.
|Coldwell’s Gym in Rotherham – www.coldwellboxing.com|
“There’s a couple of other boxers I’m talking to at the moment who I’m looking to add to the stable too. On a management side of things I look after boxers at all levels, so we have the likes of Dean Walker and Martin Shaw to go alongside the prospects and bigger names.
“Then don’t forget on the training side of things Coldwell Boxing has Ryan Rhodes on another run – fighting for the European title next up SO 2012 is going to be big.
“I’d like to thank everyone that takes the time to notice what we do. The fans for taking an interest and for all those that buy a ticket to the shows.
“If they don’t buy a ticket and come along to our shows, we can’t look to make good shows and build our fighters so it’s well appreciated.” he added.
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.”
“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.”
Tickets for the show are £30 & £60 – Online sales www.coldwellboxing.com – For up to date info on the show follow @davidcoldwell on twitter.