Battling Buttling stops King to take the crown
Lenny Buttling shocked fans' favourite Scott King in the big fight on Saturday night.
Buttling ripped away King's EBF Midlands Area heavyweight championship with a fourth-round stoppage at Liquid Envy nightclub.
Lester Walsh also booked an EBF British title fight on the same action-packed show.
Promoter Scott Lansdowne predicted fireworks when King and Buttling squared up to settle their differences – and their clash lived up to the hype.
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At the opening bell, King tore into Buttling trying to overwhelm him, but the big-hearted battler from Loughborough stood his ground, blasted back and landed the cleaner punches in the toe-to-toe exchanges.
By the end of the third, King was feeling the pace and an unanswered burst of punches from Buttling forced the stoppage.
Lansdowne hopes Walsh's next fight will be for the EBF British welterweight championship after the Braunstone scrapper out-pointed Adam Bakewell in their eliminator.
Walsh had Bakewell on the floor in the opening round, but could not find the punches to finish the job and was taken the full six-round distance.
He won clearly on points and thanked sponsor Graham Ridgway afterwards. "If it was not for Graham's support, I wouldn't still be boxing," said Walsh.
Barinder Singh made a promising boxing debut on the show.
Singh, formerly a world-class kick boxer, had plenty of support and sent his fans home happy by posting a one-sided points win over Shaun Law.
Singh has a flashy, fast-fisted style and should be back in the ring at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market on Sunday, November 25.
Joseph Hind will also box on that show in front of his home-town crowd after making it back-to-back stoppages.
Hind showed composure on his ring debut and decked Tom Lynch for the full count in the second round with a crisp body punch.
Kev Flannigan posted a points win over Keith Smedley and Thurmaston light-heavyweight Shaun Warner was punch-perfect.
Warner beat Steve Jones to the punch with jabs, then put his punches together in the third round to force the stoppage. Robbie Everitt also extended his unbeaten record with a points win over Harry Miles.