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Ekow Essuman destined for bigger things

Ekow Essuman becomes the first man to stop William Warburton since 2010. David Wainwright reports from the Harvey Hadden Sports Village
Ekow Essuman
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Nottingham • July 6

NEWARK light-heavyweight Chad Sugden shrugged off the disappointment of not fighting for the Midlands Area title to secure a convincing 78-74 victory over tough Lancastrian Luke Blackledge at the Harvey Hadden.

This eight-rounder was a massive step-up for Sugden against former Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Blackledge, who had also tested Callum Smith for the British title in December 2016.

The Newark man dominated the early rounds with his superior work-rate, which included Blackledge going to ground early on in the second. But referee Kevin Parker ruled it a slip.