Jeffries will push for Essomba title fights

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Phil Jeffries will be writing to boxing’s Commonwealth council today to push Thomas Essomba for a shot at their flyweight or super-fly titles.

The unbeaten Sunderland fighter made it four wins out of four as a professional with his best – and quickest – victory yesterday.

Kanalas looked petrified of the power Thomas had.

Essomba demolished Hungary’s Robert Kanalas two minutes and 25 seconds into the second round of their international flyweight battle at the Stadium of Light.

It had originally been set as a scrap for the inaugural British Promoters Association challenge belt only for pre-fight issues to put paid to that.

However, an emphatic first stoppage win for Essomba against a boxer who has won a minor world crown can only give the adopted Wearsider hope that the big fights are just around the corner.

“That’s the aim,” said manager and promoter Jeffries.

“I thought Thomas was absolutely fantastic – he was boxing a kid who’s number 11 in Europe.

“I need to get him more quality opponents but that sort of performance just strengthens my belief.

“That fight at the Rumble was designed to be a 10-round test but that kid just didn’t want to know.

“Kanalas looked petrified of the power Thomas had.

“I am writing to the Commonwealth to put Thomas forward for any of the flyweigHt titles, super-fly, fly or he could probably even do light-fly.

“He deserves his chance.

“I must pay tribute not just to Thomas, but his coach, Sean Casey. He got him in great shape and has been taking him all over the country for sparring.

“I really want that Commonwealth title fight for him and if I can get some sponsors on board, I’ll put it on here, 100 per cent.”

Essomba may have been having only his fourth bout, compared to the 12th appearance of Kanalas.

But the stylish Cameroon fighter, who moved to Wearside in the aftermath of the 2012 Olympics in London, looked a league above the Hungarian.

Kanalas was not a bad mover and he needed to be as Essomba landed with left after left in the first three minutes.

His jab did not miss and it was a routine which continued in round two and the former Olympian ABC soon had his rival down.

A right to the top of the head and a left to the body floored Kanalas, who was up at seven.

The 27-year-old went straight back on the attack and when the Eastern European visited the blue canvas for a second time seconds later, referee Andrew Wright waved it off.

Kanalas, who had boasted seven stoppages in nine wins, complained to Mr Wright but the Northumberland official was unmoved.