Heavy boxer Burton is now a lean, mean fighting machine

Chris Burton
Chris Burton

MAN mountain Chris Burton is back – and looking a lean, mean fighting machine.

The powerful Neil Fannan and Dave Garside heavyweight is ready to make his ring return at Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday, September 18.

The 6ft 5in fighter, known as Hightower, has not boxed since January 2009 and while he’d never officially retired he had intimated he would not fight again.

But the 30-year-old has regained his appetite for the sport while ditching his appetite for food and drink.

Burton has shed over two and a half stones and plans to campaign as a cruiserweight.

He has been training throughout the summer with a view to a comeback though Fannan explained that the switch in divisions has come purely by accident.

“Hightower has told us to get him a bout to shake off the rust then get him a big fight,” Fannan told SportMail.

“He said he will fight [British and Commonwealth champion] Rob Norton or Jon Lewis Dickinson [who beat David Dolan to win the Northern Area title last month].

“The weight had been dropping off Chris in training and he was feeling that good that he said he may as well do cruiser.”

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