Manchester – Ekow Essuman retained his British and Commonwealth welterweight championships towards Chris Kongo by majority determination in a detailed struggle. Each males fought at a detailed, technical tempo for a lot of the struggle.
Chris Kongo managed the primary third of the struggle, dictating the struggle’s tempo and touchdown significantly greater than Essuman. Essuman got here ahead and did make the struggle uncomfortable for Kongo at instances from the fifth spherical onwards, taking the struggle to Kongo and making it an inside struggle.
The center rounds of the struggle have been razor shut, and each males had intervals of success. Essuman landed a barrage of photographs within the closing minute of the ninth spherical, that badly damage Kongo and left him reeling and doing every part in his energy to climate the storm.
Essuman used the momentum from his ninth spherical success to maintain the stress on for the ultimate three rounds and maintain touchdown. Essuman landed an enormous proper hand within the closing spherical to badly damage Kongo for a second time, however as soon as once more Kongo weathered the storm and lasted till the ultimate bell.
The champion credited his expertise in distance fights as a key consider his capability to rally down the stretch in a detailed contest.
“As I stated from the beginning, it was simply the expertise of getting these longer fights, these different 12-rounders, these actually laborious fights the place I needed to dig in deep,” Essuman mirrored.
“The proof is within the pudding. Boxing’s about what you are able to do once you’re drained, not about what you are able to do once you’re match, and my title’s ‘Engine.'”