Nottingham-based boxer Ekow Essuman has once again retained his British and Commonwealth Welterweight titles with an impressive majority decision win.
Last Saturday he beat Chris Kongo in Manchester on the undercard of the Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Smith fight to keep hold of the titles for the fourth successive fight and extend his professional boxing record to an imposing 19 wins from 19 bouts.
In a tough battle, the fight went the full 12 round distance and saw both boxers have spells on top.
However, Essuman finished the stronger and in the end it was he who edged the fight to triumph via a majority decision, where one judge had it down as a 114-114 draw while the other two had it at 116-113 and 115-114 in favour of Essuman.
Now aged 33, Ekow is based out of the Legends Gymnasium in Bobbers Mill and as mentioned has accumulated a 100% winning record in his professional career, with his current knock-out ratio standing at 37%.
He’s certainly had to work his way up though, as his professional debut didn’t come until the age of 27 and his journey included careers away from boxing alongside after working his way up through amateur levels.
In 2011, he graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Marketing, Design and Communications and had a career in marketing before his boxing career took off.
During his time as an amateur boxer, Ekow was part of the Team GB Podium Squad that saw him compete to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
His professional debut then came on 1st December 2016 in Birmingham, where he defeated Andrej Cepur, and he has since gone on to features on big undercard bouts at Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium and of course last weekend at Manchester Arena.
He’s had a great journey to this point, but the question remains: how far can he go?
Essuman will want to put himself up there with Nottingham fighting legends such as Carl Froch and Leigh Wood, so even more hard work will be put in to secure even more big bouts.
He’s definitely one to look out for on the British boxing scene in 2023.