Essomba points way ahead

ON THE DEFENSIVE: Thomas Essomba (left) comes under pressure.
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Thomas Essomba (left) comes under pressure.
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TWO-TIME Olympian Thomas Essomba got his professional career off to a winning start with a hard-fought victory over Sheffield’s Anwar Alfadi, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.

Alfadi looked better than his record of just two wins in 49 fights suggested and while Essomba never looked in any danger he was almost too eager to impress.

Essomba was clearly the better boxer and it was no surprise when the four-round fight was decided 40-36 in the Wearside-based Cameroonian’s favour.

Unbeaten Horden light-welterweight Anthony Hardy enjoyed a solid victory over Barnsley’s Jamie Zaszlos, again emerging as a 40-36 points winner over the course of four rounds.

Hartlepool’s Peter Cope made an assured professional debut, outclassing Scottish prospect JP McGuinness.

The Scotsman provided game opposition over the course of six two-minute rounds, but Cope boxed confidently and was worth his 60-54 points decision.

In the other fight, Newcastle’s Bazi Razaq had just too much for Latvian Artur Surikovs.

Welterweight Razag ripped into the East European from the start and the referee was right to stop the contest just two minutes 28 seconds into the opening round as the Tynesider rained down punches on his all-at-sea opponent.