Nottingham based boxer Ekow Essuman (18-0) beat Londoner Samuel Antwi (14-2) to reclaim his three belts on the undercard of the James Joyce v Joseph Parker bout in Manchester last night.
In a classic scrap to start the evening shown live on BT Sport pay-per-view, the Engine outworked and outboxed his resilient opponent to pick up a unaminous decision on points.
Essuman who holds the BBBofC British Welterweight title, as well as Commonwealth and IBF European belts, was caught a couple of times early doors by Antwi in a classic contest, but shown his championship credentials as the fight went on, to dominate with more pressure and combinations that would edge him clear by the judges.
The night’s main event was also a cracking affair between Joyce and New Zealander Parker with the Brit winning by way of eleventh round knock out. Joyce (15-0) becoming the first man to stop Parker (30-3) who has also been in the ring with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
At Nottingham Arena, standing in for the injured Leigh Wood who was supposed to be main billing v Mauricio Lara for a world title bout, Maxi Hughes beat Kid Galahad by a majority decision in the main event to reclaim his IBO world lightweight title.
Other bouts on the undercard included Terri Harper and Hannah Rankin which saw Harper become WBA Super-welterweight champion in the women’s division, whilst there were wins for the unbeaten fledglings, Cyrus Pattinson, Solomon Dacres, Cheavon Clarke, Rhiannon Dixon, Junaid Bostain and Mohammed Sameer.
*Main image @BTsportBoxing Antwi takes a hit off the engine Essuman.