The Golden Contract: Punch-perfect Hosea Burton breezes past Bob Ajisafe in Brentwood
Serge Michel, Ricards Bolotniks and Liam Conroy join Burton in tournament semi-finals.
By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 14/12/19 11:06pm
Hosea Burton scored a knockdown after just 6 seconds as he produced a punch-perfect performance to beat Bob Ajisafe in the Golden Contract tournament.
The 31-year-old, having endured a frustrating spell following his sole defeat to Frank Buglioni, kick-started his career in dominant fashion, taking scores of 99-90, 99-92 and 98-91 to beat fellow former British champion Ajisafe.
Burton could not have made a better start at the Brentwood Centre, dropping 'Lionheart' with a right hand within 6 seconds to immediately take control.
From there, the Joe Gallagher-trained man, like a coiled spring with exceptional reflexes, remained composed , working off a stabbing jab to regularly plant home one-twos and straight rights down the pipe.
Ajisafe tried to pour it on late, but Burton, having learned from past mistakes, was in no mood to engage and wheeled away with victory assured.
Speaking afterwards, 'The Hammer' said: "Ajisafe is tricky for anybody, he put Tony Bellew down before.
"I out-boxed him tonight. I came out with a one-two and caught him clean.
"For me, that was the final, he was the joint-favourite, it's not going to be a bad tournament this."
The 'Bavarian Sniper' Serge Michel proved too big and too powerful for Tommy Philbin in the first quarter-final, taking scores of 99-90 twice and 98-90.
The German visitor dropped the formerly unbeaten Scot at either end of a one-sided scrap, but failed to finish the job off inside 10 rounds, missing out on a tournament knockout bonus.
Ricards Bolotniks had no problem picking up the extra £5,000 stoppage prize, blasting out the blocks to destroy Steven Ward in the first.
The Latvian dropped Ward with a massive left hand and had him down twice more in the opening three minutes, the Northern Irishman's corner eventually throwing in the towel.
Liam Conroy got the better of Andre Sterling after 10 hard-fought rounds, taking a unanimous decision to book his semi-final spot.
The more experienced 27-year old produced the better quality throughout, dropping Sterling in the seventh, before receiving scores of 98-91, 96-94 and 97-92.