Bur­ton’s tri­umph on de­but

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

CARL Bur­ton got his pro­fes­sional MMA ca­reer off to a bang af­ter win­ning his de­but in im­pres­sive fashion dur­ing the week­end.

Bur­ton rep­re­sents 12 Gauge MMA and was com­pet­ing at the UK Fight­ing Cham­pi­onships event at Pre­ston Guild Hall.

He took on Walid Mustapha, and it didn’t take the Mac­cles­field fighter long to make his im­pact, de­feat­ing Mustapha by ground and pound in round one.

It meant that Bur­ton picked up the TKO vic­tory, and he was over­whelmed with the back­ing he re­ceived from his army of fans.

“I feel hum­ble from all of the sup­port. Thanks guys for cheer­ing me on. Much love,” he tweeted.

Bur­ton re­cently de­cided to make the switch to the pro­fes­sional ranks af­ter a suc­cess­ful am­a­teur ca­reer where he reg­u­larly rep­re­sented the UK in the IMMAF World Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas.

He per­formed well on the UK team, pick­ing up a medal dur­ing one year of the cham­pi­onships, with his loss com­ing against the man who went on to win the com­pe­ti­tion.

There were a num­ber of other bouts on the UK Fight­ing Cham­pi­onships event in Pre­ston, with Aaron Aby, Shaun Lo­mas, Ste Nightingale and Leeroy Barnes all pick­ing up wins too.

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