Ekow Essuman extends pact with Frank Warren, aims for great 2022

UK WELTERWEIGHT champion Ekow Essuman has signed a new three-year deal to continue his promotional partnership with Frank Warren and Queensberry.

Ekow, 32, who has a 16-0 record with seven KOs, had three fights under his previous deal, who also bagged the IBF European title along with the Commonwealth belt in just over a year.

So it was a productive period for the Nottingham man known as ‘The Engine’, who captured Chris Jenkins’ British and Commonwealth titles in July last year and defended against previously undefeated Danny Ball in October. Cedrick Peynaud was beaten for the IBF European honors in September 2020.

“I am ecstatic to sign because I know I will be pushed up and catapulted over the next three years,” said the former Team GB product. “I’m really excited because I know Frank is one of those promoters who, if he’s behind you, can really take you up the rankings.

“You have to get his attention and I did it the right way. Basically everyone knows what I’m talking about.”

Ekow agreed that over the past year and a while he has tried to exploit his undisputed potential and proved himself a real threat in the division where domestic contenders are not lining up to fight.

“The first fight with Peynaud was a warm up for everything and I knew I had to prove myself after that. I wanted to perform a statement, but the ring rust played a small part in that. Against Chris Jenkins I did that and the Danny Ball performed was the icing on the cake.

“I had always told people that I just needed the right opponents to bring out the different sides of my boxing and from now on people can just expect exciting matches.

“My next fight will be an IBF defense because after the last one it’s hard to find opponents for a next British defense without someone being forced. So it’s going to be an IBF fight against a really good opponent and I can’t wait on it, to show people a different side of my style.

Promoter Frank Warren added: “Ekow has shown that he is a real class contender in his last two fights and I am so impressed with what I have seen. I would love to see him at any welterweight in Great Britain right now. Britain and expect him to win, but they all know how good he is and won’t like the job.

“We will not sit around and plot a route for him through the world rankings because Ekow is at the point of his career where he is ready for anything.”

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