Sunderland boxer Thomas Essomba to fight Sheffield’s Waleed Din for Commmonwealth flyweight title

Thomas Essomba (centre) with trainer Sean Casey (left) and manager & promoter Phil Jeffries. Picture by Tom Collins
Thomas Essomba (centre) with trainer Sean Casey (left) and manager & promoter Phil Jeffries. Picture by Tom Collins
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Thomas Essomba is to fight for the Commmonwealth flyweight championnship.

Promoter Phil Jeffries has agreed a deal with Dennis Hobson for the unbeaten Sunderland boxer to fight Waleed “Dynamite” Din for the vacant belt.

Waleed Din is a talent but, to me, Thomas is the best out there at any of the flyweight divisions in the Commonwealth

No date or venue has been set yet but Jeffries is ecstatic to have got this opportunity for the double Olympian, who now boxes out of Sunderland.

“After he won at the Summer Rumble, I said I’d be writing to the Commonwealth Council to push Thomas’s claims,” said Jaffa.

“They gave Thomas a number seven rating which meant he was eligible to challenge for one of the fly titles.

“I even said he’d fight [Commonwealth super-fly champion] Anthony Nelson, but they don’t want to know.

“But I’m over the moon to say I’ve reached an agreement with Dennis Hobson for Thomas to box Waleed Din.

“Dennis is an old friend and someone I’ve worked with many times and now look forward to do so here.”

Whatever the date and wherever the location, this is a fight between two of the most exciting talents in the lightest divisions.

Din, 22, from Sheffield, has won all seven of his pro bouts, while Essomba has four victories in a short but thrilling career.

Last time out, the 27-year-old demolished Hungary’s Robert Kanalas just two minutes and 25 seconds into the second round of their international flyweight battle at the Stadium of Light.

It was an emphatic first stoppage win for Essomba against a boxer who had won a minor world crown.

“Waleed Din is a talent but, to me, Thomas is the best out there at any of the flyweight divisions in the Commonwealth,” added Jeffries.