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Queensberry Promotions sign English champion Ekow Essuman

Essuman scored a majority decision over Tyrone Nurse last year

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Following their acquisition of Josh Frankham at the start of the month, Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions have scooped up another up-and-comer in English welterweight champion Ekow Essuman.

“I am ecstatic, really ecstatic,” said Essuman on joining forces with the Hall of Fame promoter. “I have been a pro since 2016 after missing out on the Olympic draft – even though I was on GB and fighting across the world – and I have got myself to English champion and defended against someone like Tyrone Nurse to getting myself into position for a British eliminator.

“So I am thrilled to be coming on-board with Frank Warren now and he is the perfect person to take my career and showcase it to the public. I want to show people what I am about because I have been going under the radar a bit, although it has worked out in my favour at the same time because when fighters get matched up with me now it will be too little, too late to know everything about me.

“I have been on one Frank Warren show before in Leicester and that was a wicked experience as well. Now I have this fantastic opportunity and it has come just at the right time, with it being the perfect platform to show what I can do.”

Essuman (13-0, 5 KO), 31, wasted no time in calling out his domestic rivals. According to him, his path to the British title has already been laid out.

“I’ve been told that I will be fighting Liam Taylor in a British eliminator, Jenkins will defend his title against [Johnny] Garton, with Connor Benn being the mandatory for them.

“After I do my bit and put myself up the next mandatory I will get to face my good friend Connor Benn, although we are not actually friends!”

The March 2019 majority decision over Nurse, which was the first defense of the belt he won in a vacant title bout against Andy Keates, remains the biggest victory of his career. He continued his 2019 efforts with wins over two professional victims and a first-round finish of Curtis Felix Jr. in November.