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Ekow Essuman vs Chris Kongo report
Who won Essuman vs Kongo?
Ekow Essuman beat Chris Kongo by majority decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 21st January 2023 at Manchester Arena in Manchester.
The scorecards were announced as 116-113, 114-114, 115-114 in favor of winner Ekow Essuman.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 147 pounds (10.5 stone or 66.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr losing to Liam Smith. Also, on the undercard Richard Riakporhe beat Krzysztof Glowacki and Joseph Parker defeated Jack Massey.
Essuman vs Kongo stats
Ekow Essuman stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 18 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Chris Kongo made his way to the ring with a record of 14 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws.
Ekow Essuman was the older man by 4 years, at 34 years old.
Kongo had a height advantage of 2 inches over Essuman.
Both Ekow Essuman & Chris Kongo fought out of an orthodox stance.
Essuman was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2016, 3 months later than Kongo, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 48 more professional rounds, 131 to Kongo's 83.
Ekow Essuman went into the fight ranked number 10 by the IBF at welterweight.
Essuman vs Kongo form
Essuman remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Samuel Antwi on 24th September 2022 by unanimous decision in their BBBOC British Welterweight and CBC Commonwealth Welterweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Darren Tetley on 23rd April 2022 by unanimous decision in their CBC Commonwealth Welterweight and BBBOC British Welterweight championship fight at Wembley Stadium, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Danny Ball on 9th October 2021 by knockout in the 6th round in their CBC Commonwealth Welterweight and BBBOC British Welterweight championship fight at Arena Birmingham, West Midlands.
Before that, he had won against Chris Jenkins on 24th July 2021 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their CBC Commonwealth Welterweight and BBBOC British Welterweight championship fight at Wembley Arena, London.
He had beat Cedrick Peynaud on 12th September 2020 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at York Hall, London.
Kongo had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Sebastian Formella on 11th June 2022 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Michael McKinson on 27th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Europa Point Sports Complex, Gibraltar, Gibraltar.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Luther Clay on 22nd August 2020 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had won against Fernando Valencia on 20th April 2019 by points in the 6th round at Lee Valley Leisure Complex, Athletics Centre, London.
He had defeated Adam Grabiec on 29th September 2018 by points in the 6th round at York Hall, London.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Ekow Essuman had been fighting more than Chris Kongo.
Going to this contest, Ekow Essuman had last fought 8 months and 4 days ago, while Chris Kongo's last outing had been 11 months and 17 days ago.
Essuman's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
Kongo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
What time did Essuman vs Kongo start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:00 PM GMT at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom, which was 2:00 PM EST or 11:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Essuman vs Kongo?
Essuman vs Kongo was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by DAZN.
What were the odds on Essuman vs Kongo?
Ekow Essuman was a 1/1 (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Chris Kongo made his way into the ring at 91/100 (-110) with oddsmakers.
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