Ekow Essuman outpoints Tyrone Nurse

Unbeaten Ekow Essuman (10-0) suucessfully defended his English welterweight crown against former British champion Tyrone Nurse (35-6-2) on March 16 at the Harvey Haddon Sports Centre in Nottingham on a Scott Calow Boxing and JE Promotions co-promotion event.

Scores of 96-94, 98-93 and 95-95 saw the Nottingham fighter's hand raised, who now calls for a showdown with Conor Benn.

‘The Engine’ returned to the site where he was originally crowned English champion in October last year by stopping Leek’s Andy Keates.

The Botswana-born Essuman, trained by Barrington Brown, is now another step closer to the British welterweight title, which just changed hands from Johnny Garton to Chris Jenkins, who has already been ordered to defend against Liam Taylor next.

On the undercard, Mark 'Bad News' Bennett (4-0) continued his unbeaten run as he floored southpaw Chris Healey (8-5) in the second round on his way to collecting a four-round points win, scored at 39-37.

The JE Promotions heavyweight talent has already dispatched the likes of Dorian Darch (12-6-1) and Kamil Sokolowski (5-13-2) in his previous two outings and is now mandatory for Kash Ali’s (15-0) Central Area heavyweight title, who next faces David Price on March 30 in Liverpool.

The 31-year-old Yorkshireman, who only started boxing in his mid-twenties, is in a hurry to claim titles and break into the top 10 and he is on track to achieve just that.

Another JE Promotions prospect, Dylan Clegg (3-0), also secured a four-round points win. The former schoolboys finalist, trained by Michael White at the Fighting Fit Gym, defeated the seasoned Lewis van Poetsch (8-94-1) 39-37. The 20-year-old super-middleweight from Worksop has a huge following and looks destined to do well in the paid ranks.

Radford’s Omari Grant moved up to 8-0 with a points win over the durable Jamie Quinn (4-80-2) over four-rounds at super-lightweight and now has his eyes fixed on the Midlands Area title.

Newark’s Regis Sugden (1-0) got off the mark in his pro career with a debut points win over Steven Backhouse (3-11-1), as did Ilkeston's Kyle Hughes (1-0) outpointing Italian Victor Edagha (1-52-2).

Another debutant, lightweight Joe Underwood Hughes (1-0), scored the only stoppage of the night when he blasted Russ Midgley (1-28-2) away in just 56 seconds.

There were also points wins for Nottingham’s Paul Thompson (3-0) and Clifton’s Ryan Amos (2-0).

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