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Paul Antonelli/Recorder staff Amsterdam light heavyweight boxer Luis "Nando" King poses with his trainer Joe Sagarese following a win over Scott Donovan at Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday night.

Paul Antonelli/Recorder staff Scott Donovan, right, and Amsterdam's Luis "Nando" King square off in the opening seconds of their light heavyweight fight in Saratoga Springs on Friday night. King scored a four-round unanimous decision win.

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Amsterdam's 'Nando' bounces back with a victory

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By PAUL ANTONELLI

paul.antonelli@recordernews.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- It was only two months ago when Amsterdam light heavyweight boxer Luis "Nando" King got a stern lesson in the School of Hard Knocks after he scored a second round knockdown against Chad Campeau, but failed to do enough in the later rounds to convince the three ringside judges that his right arm should be raised.

In his return to the ring Friday night at the Saratoga Springs City Center, King did what he didn't do his last time out in a professional prizefight. He flourished late, scoring a knockdown in the fourth and final round en route to a unanimous decision win over Scott Donovan of Paterson, NJ.

King's knockdown proved to be the difference as the judges scored the bout 39-37, 38-37 and 38-36.

"This was a big fight for me," said King who raised his professional record to 2-1 with one KO. "He kept dipping and I caught him with a left hook. I felt really good out there. I knew nothing about him, which is good; my weakness is that I tend to over think. All I want to do is look at his head and his feet and that is what I did. I barely look at my opponent."

Donovan, making his professional debut after fighting just five times in the amateur ranks, said King never hurt him in the fourth round.

"It was a flash knockdown," Donovan said. "He caught me over the shoulder. He didn't hurt me. I smiled at him. He's a strong solid-to-the-ground fighter. But I didn't do all that bad for my first pro fight."

King set the stage with a flurry in the third round and dazed Donovan with a body shot followed by a left hook.

"I wanted Nando to step it up in this fight and he did that," said King's trainer Joe Sagarese. "But when he (King) gets a guy off balance, he needs to work on following up and finishing him off. We will work on that in the gym next week."

King added that the presence of Harley Beekman during training camp paid dividends during the waning seconds of the fight. The pair worked three-minute rounds with only a 30-second break between each round.

"I was so rested." King said. "I could have gone longer. This was a big win."

     

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