King pleased with progress

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JORDAN King says he could not be happier with the way his boxing career is taking off after a third straight professional win.

And the Hetton light-heavyweight (pictured) says he can’t wait to get back into the ring after his clinical disposal of Lithuanian fighter Vaidas Balciauskas at the weekend.

The 21-year-old was on the undercard of the Stuey Hall-Paul Butler fight at the Metro Radio Arena.

But he caught the eye with his second-round demolition of a fighter who had two knockout victories on his own five fight record.

King told the Echo: “He was tricky and tough and he came forward right from the start but I felt confident and strong and I was just a bit wary of going toe-to-toe and getting caught.

“I was just feeling him out in the first round but in the second I felt happy to step it up.

“I put him down for an eight count and then I got him up against the ropes and was hitting him with combinations the referee stepped in.

“I was really pleased with that, it’s nice to have a knockout on your record but more than anything I’m just happy to have got another win on my belt.

“I’m really pleased with how things are going for me and the way I feel now I’d be happy to get back in the ring as soon as possible.”

King might have to hold off on that ambition a little with trainer Paul Quarmby and manager Clifton Mitchell looking to give the boxer a bit of a rest with a view to picking things up again around August or September.

But King, who has a six-fight deal with Box Nation and attracted the sponsorship of the Best Western Roker Hotel, is rumoured to have caught the eye of boxing super-promoter Frank Warren.

And Quarmby says King is in a good place right now.

“We’re happy with him, he’s done all we could have hoped of him,” said Quarmby.

“Jordan’s always been a good trainer, he’s picking things up all the time and he’s a real prospect.

“It doesn’t surprise me that people are looking at him but we’ll probably look to give him a break before his next fight.”

Until then, Quarmby will keep his man ticking over at the Washington District Youth Boxing gym.

“Jordan’s made a good start,” he said. “Three pro wins out of three is decent and we’re just looking to make sure that we handle his career the right way but it’s an exciting time for him and hopefully it will only get better.”