Frank Warren has been busy during this lockdown as hes signed three new boxers who will be fighting on his shows from now on. After the loss of some key members of his stable such as Billy Joe Saunders and Josh Warrington it was expected that he’d make an effort to acquire some more talent. Whats different about two of the new signings is that they are over 30 and have already had 10 or more fights. Normally fighters are signed straight out of the amateurs but its nice to see boxers that work hard on the small hall shows get big promotional contracts.
The first boxer he has signed is Nathan Heaney who is currently 10-0 as a professional. Hes won the Midlands Middleweight title and recently picked up an IBO ranking belt at super middle though i’m sure he can still make middleweight. Hes a good signing and has the potential for at least a British title in his future if not more. Hes also hugely popular which is always a positive in professional boxing.
The second boxer he signed was Ekow Essuman who is currently 13-0 and also the English Welterweight champ. I think this is an excellent signing and i’m not sure why Essuman hasn’t been more sought after by the big promotional companies as hes a very good fighter with a solid amateur background. He was part of Team GB which normally gets you signed to a promoter with a TV deal immediately but he seems to have gone under the radar. Hes already picked up a good victory over Tyrone Nurse a man who beat the current British Champion Chris Jenkins. Essuman said that he has been told he was going to fight Liam Taylor in a final eliminator for the British title which should be a great fight. I think Essuman can win a British title and perhaps progress on to European honors down the line.
The third signing is more of a traditional one for Frank Warren as hes getting Masood Abdulah straight from the amateurs. Abdulah won last years ABA’s (National title) and has also claimed gold at the GB Elite Tri nations tournament. What makes those achievements more impressive is that he had his first boxing match in February of 2017 and only two years later won a national title. He thinks he’ll be more suited to the pro game as he sits down on his shots a lot though we’ll have to see how he does in the ring first. I think hes a good signing and looks like he could be a decent prospect considering how fast hes moved in the amateurs.
I wish all three of them good luck and hope they get as many opportunities as possible now that their with a promoter with a TV deal