King fights to a draw

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DURHAM — Entering the second fight of his professional boxing career Thursday night at the Durham Armory, Beddingfield High graduate Kelvin King assured that he had every intention of “separating” from his opponent, Charlotte’s Michael White.

It turns out the two welterweights are closer now than ever before.

Despite swaying the opinion of one of the three ringside judges in his favor, King was unable to get a second scorecard in his direction, leaving him and White with a draw at the conclusion of four rounds at the “Bull City Beatdown” card put on by Christy Martin Promotions.

Two judges scored the bout 39-37, each in favor of King and White. However, the third judge left it a 38-38 stalemate, leaving the door open for a potential rematch down the line. King, making his return to in-ring action for the first time since his debut last November, struggled to close the distance in the opening round against White’s jab. 

However, as the final three rounds proceeded, King worked his way inside more and began to punish White (2-1-1) with body shots and uppercuts. King refused to sit on his corner stool between the second and third round and began each round near the center of the ring.

White, the owner of an extensive amateur background, fought back with tough shots of his own, but none appeared to cause any visible damage. No knockdowns were recorded by either fighter.