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Recorder file photo Amsterdam's Luis "Nando" King hits a speed bag during a workout earlier this year at the Perth Fitness Center.

Recorder file photo Amsterdam's David Rosado, right, watches as Luis King prepares to enter the ring for a workout at Perth Fitness Center in March.

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Amsterdam's King eager to rebound from first pro loss

Saturday, July 05, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By MICHAEL KELLY

michael.kelly@recordernews.com

Not even a full week removed from the first loss of his professional boxing career, Amsterdam's Luis "Nando" King was back Wednesday working out at Perth Ultimate Fitness, refusing to let a bump in the road become a permanent detour.

"I felt like I had something to work on," said King, Thursday, a week after the second bout of his professional career.

Facing Massena's Chad Campeau in a light heavyweight tilt on a JKJ Championship Promotions card in Liverpool, King was a hard-luck loser in a four-round fight that went to the scorecards. Despite King knocking Campeau down in the fight's second round, Campeau emerged with the victory via unanimous decision, with each judge showing a 38-37 score.

"He (Campeau) won the fight because Nando laid back," said King's coach, Joe Sagarese. "You can't do that."

King said that he had thought he had done enough to win the fight in the first three rounds. After taking some hard hits in the opening round, King scored a knockdown in Round 2, and thought he had done enough in the third round to keep the fight's scorecards in his favor. Thus, he said, he went into the fourth round with a cautious approach, something Sagarese said he had advised against the fighter doing.

"And I should have gone out harder than I did," said King. "In my head -- I assumed, and I never should have done that. I thought I had the fight."

When the scores were read off, King said he was stunned.

"It was definitely a surprise to me," he said. "But it happens. That's boxing."

Also fighting on the card from Amsterdam was heavyweight Ray Santiago. Competing against Niagara Falls' Eric George, Santiago had his record fall to 0-4 after a unanimous 40-36 decision was handed to George in the four-round fight.

King had entered his fight with a 1-0 record after scoring a knockout victory back in February. Since his spectacular debut, King had a couple false starts and struggled to find a fight, instead having to wait four months for the second fight of his professional career.

The rust from having to wait so long in between fighting was perhaps a factor for King in the first round. Campeau, a southpaw, took it to King early in the fight, landing a combination at one point that surprised King and made the Amsterdam native think he was bleeding.

King recovered to knock his opponent down in Round 2, but could not do enough in the next two rounds to take advantage of his 10-8 round in the eyes of the judges.

"Chad's a gentleman, he and his corner were gentlemen," said Sagarese. "He was very difficult to put down."

The loss was a tough one to stomach for King and his team -- "It was a bummer," Sagarese said -- but the fighter did not let the disappointment keep him down for long. After taking an extended weekend away from training, King was back to working out Wednesday, working on his defense against lefty fighters and ready to look toward his next fight.

Sagarese said he expects to get King on a card in August, and there is a chance he could be back fighting at a venue in the Capital Region.

"I'd like to get (a fight) soon," said Sagarese. "I want to get him right back in the ring."

After waiting for so long to get his professional career started, King said he is on the same page as his coach.

"The way I am, I love taking fights as quickly as possible," said King. "I don't like the whole waiting thing very much -- especially because I've been waiting for this for so long.

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