‘Heavy Hands Harley’ makes it four consecutive first round knockouts wins

Harley Burke has yet to be brought into the second round of a professional bout.

The supermiddleweight prospects made it four first round knockouts from for pro wins with victory in South Carolina on Saturday night.

Joshuan Cox became the latest to fall foul to the fast starter, the American was taken out one minute before the bell to end the first round was scheduled to be heard.

The Galway-born New York resident not only promised a knockout win when talking to Irish-boxing.com in the lead into the fight, Burke claimed it was essential he registered an eye catching performance.

“It’s very important I keep my knockout streak going,” the bloodthirsty Burke told Irish-Boxing.com.

“As boxers, we’re in the entertainment industry. Fans want knockouts, fans want blood. Everytime I fight know I’m out for both. Decision victories are unacceptable at this stage of my career.”

It’s not just fans Burke wants to impress or his own thirst for blood he wants to quench with stoppage wins.

Without a reputation on the New York scene, the novice banger claims he needs to bolster his CV before those who run shows in New York will considering putting him on cards.

All his fights to date have taken place in the city of Rock Hill and he surmises why: “My pro fights have taken place in South Carolina because I don’t have an extensive amateur pedigree. I had 15 amateur fights. I’m a nobody. I need to build a résumé first, then a New York promoter will give me a shot.”

After another inside the distance win ‘Heavy Hands’ did give some of the bigger name promoters a nod on Twitter.

The win see’s Burke improve to 4-0 while Cox slips to 0-3.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com