Ekow Essuman looks impressive in win over Chris Jenkins
In his latest at bat BBB of C welterweight champion Ekow “The Engine” Essuman (15-0, 6 KO’s) staged a dominant performance. When all was said and done, Essuaman stopped Chris “Roc’n’Rolla” Jenkins (22-3-3, 8 KO’s) in the eighth round of their dustup. The setback stood as Jenkins’ first loss in three years, although he did enter the bout coming in off a draw with Liam Taylor. This was also Jenkins’ first dustup in nearly two years.
As for Ekow Essuman, his future is exceedingly bright. While it is unknown what his next move will be, he will likely look to exit the European level circuit and attempt to make his bones with a higher echelon of opponents.
CLOSE UNTIL IT WASN’T
The first three rounds were extremely close. The two men largely fought circling one another in the center of the ring in their jittery stances. Each setup shop behind their jabs and found occasional success with hooks and sporadic body shots. Toward the end of the third, Jenkins began enjoying a bit of separation due to his higher work rate.
By the sixth the momentum had swung into Essuman’s favor. The Botswanan was now notably outworking Jenkins who was consistently on the back foot. Still, there was not a great deal of flashy or overly impactful blows landed. That changed in the eighth round when Essuman hurt Roc’n’Rolla to the body, forcing him into a naked retreat. With his man on the run, Essuman pounced on Jenkins. Even though his flurry was rather sloppy, and nothing of extreme note landed, Jenkins was no longer defending himself, forcing the ref to halt the contest.
By: Bakari Simpson