Sunderland fighter can prove himself in title fight with Din

Thomas Essomba
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Thomas Essomba will prove he is “the best out there” when he fights for the Commmonwealth flyweight championship.

His manager and 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 the two promoters will be looking at a September or October meeting between the two undefeated fighters.

Jeffries told the Echo he is ecstatic to have got this opportunity for the 27-year-old, who represented Cameroon at two Olympic games, but 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 Jeffries.

“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 again here. I’m not sure where or when it’s going to be.

“Dennis has been working with Spike TV so that could be a factor, but I’m just pleased this fight is happening.”

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

Din, 22, from Sheffield, has won all seven of his pro bouts, five of the victories coming inside the distance, making him a dangerous opponent.

Essomba has four victories in a short but thrilling career.

Last time out, the Sean Casey-trained talent 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.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him prove it.”

Jeffries is hoping Essomba will complete a Commonwealth double for his stable.

Welterweight Glenn Foot will fight for the British and Commonwealth titles in Manchester on Saturday against Sam Eggington.

“It’s a very exciting time at the moment,” said the Sunderland fight figure. “I’m confident both my lads will be champions.”