PROMOTER Phil Jeffries believes Thomas Essomba’s triumph in the International Masters Bronze super-flyweight title match will be just the start of his championship run.
The 27-year-old clinched his first prize as a pro when he outpointed Ghana’s Isaac Quaye at the Colossal show staged by Jeffries in Houghton yesterday.
No British super-flyweights will go in with him anyway, so that is why I went down this route with the International Masters Bronze belt.
Referee Andrew Wright scored it 78-74 for the Wearsider against the West African champion.
Winning that belt is very much small beer for a boxer who has been to two Olympic games with his native Cameroon.
But Jeffries is confident his boxer will move on to bigger and better things in his adopted city.
“Sunderland is Thomas’s home now and he’ll bring success here,” Jeffries told the Echo.
“He is a class act who has been to two Olympics and fought the best in the world.
“Unfortunately, while this is now his home, he can’t box for the British title, so I’ll be looking at the Commonwealth for him.
“No British super-flyweights will go in with him anyway, so that is why I went down this route with the International Masters Bronze belt.
“It was a step up for him, doing an eight-round title fight in only his third contest against a boxer who’d had 35 bouts.
“I was a bit disappointed with his opponent who I thought could have tried harder.
“But Thomas looked class and I thought he won every round.”
Quaye had arrived in the region armed with a good reputation and a record which included 18 of his 27 wins by stoppage.
But he looked more intent on frustrating the home boxer than showing what he had in his locker.
Essomba produced some quality in the opening rounds, landing a number of good combinations in the first and then in the second following up some stiff double jabs with long rights.
Quaye spent much of his time ducking low but when the home star caught up with him in the neutral corner in the third, he let go with a sustained assault.
Alas, the fourth and fifth rounds were quiet sessions but Essomba got back on the attack in the sixth.
The penultimate round was a dull one, livened only by the referee losing his patience and warning the boxers, but Essomaba finished with a flourish in the loast by sinking some strong lefts to the body of his challenger.
Meanwhile, there were no quiet rounds in the lively four-rounder which marked a dream debut for Seaham teenager Jordan Ellison.
The 19-year-old lightweight, who is trained by Paul Hamilton at the Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts Academy, won 40-36 against Ireland’s Ben Mulligan.
It was as good a professional bow as you will see. Ellison used his quick hands to land constantly to Mulligan’s head and when the Ulster fighter fought back in the third round with some shots to the body, he showed his defence was as strong as his attack.
The round ended with Ellison back on the offensive and he carried on in the same vein in the last session.
It was no suprise when referee Steve Hawkins awarded him every round.