Sunderland based boxer Thomas Essomba heads to Edinburgh this weekend (Saturday May 7) to defend his Commonwealth flyweight title against Motherwell’s Iain Butcher at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, and it promises to be a tough test for the two-time Olympian.

Essomba’s manager and promoter, Phil Jeffries, has high hopes for his charge and believes he can go onto a world title but is not underestimating Butcher ahead of Essomba’s first defence of the belt he won against Sheffield’s Waleed Din in October.

“Thomas is a manager’s dream. He has the skill to go all the way and is a true fighting man who is willing to take on anybody. Talent can only take you so far though so we have had the best sparring in the build up to his first defence. He’s been sparring the likes of Tommy Ward for this one and you can’t get much better preparation than that.”

Essomba will be entering the lion’s den and Jeffries expects a partisan crowd but when asked if that would be a concern for the man from Cameroon, he pointed out: “Thomas won the title in Sheffield against a top prospect in Waleed Din. He will fight anyone, anywhere and that attitude can take him as far as he wants to go. Sean Casey has done an amazing job helping Thomas to adapt to the pro ranks after such a long and successful amateur career. Providing Thomas comes through on Saturday, I will be looking to step him up again.”

Butcher is a big flyweight and enters the fight with confidence but Essomba has moved between flyweight and super flyweight as a pro so the extra size may not be too much of a factor. One thing is certain though, the fans are in for a treat as both men are all-action fighters who are confident of victory. With the UK flyweight contingent having fewer fighters than most other weight divisions, opportunities are never far away for those who take their chance and who knows what is around the corner for Saturday’s victor?

For ticket information, contact boxers or MGM Scotland for details.

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