Jenkins vs Essuman Analysis and Prediction
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Chris Jenkins (22-3-3, 8KO) vs Ekow Essuman (14-0, 5KO)
Commonwealth Welterweight Title
British Welterweight Title
Welshman, Chris Jenkins, is a typically solid Commonwealth level opponent. With a wealth of experience at the amateur level, Jenkins has overcome an awful spell between 2015-2018 to finally climb out of professional obscurity. Securing the British title against Johnny Garton, Jenkins then went on to secure the Commonwealth over Paddy Gallagher. Jenkins’ last two fights have been overshadowed with unfortunate circumstances, cuts twice causing his fights to end abruptly and going to Technical Decisions. Although not the most attractive name on the roster, the Welshman always brings the action. Regularly dropping his hands to unload extended combinations, Jenkins lives by the age-old creed of ‘take one to give one’. Against more physically imposing talents, Jenkins will come undone during the 50/50 exchanges. The preferred shot is a simple left shift into an arching right hand. It is telegraphed, however. Even Johnny Garton was able to time a counter right hook by the eleventh round. Sharper counter punchers will spy the opportunity far earlier and with greater effect.
Former English Welterweight champion and current IBF European champion, Ekko Essuman is taking calculated steps towards the top. More than happy to engage in a war on the front foot, Essuman will happily be dragged into a brawl with Jenkins. As the sharper puncher, Essuman should land more frequently, however, his chin will truly be tested. As is common with Commonwealth/British battles, this is the true litmus test for a hot prospect. Constantly breaking down an opponent’s body, Essuman’s lunging liver shot often finds the mark. It isn’t a style that will translate well up the rankings, but there are few physical specimens at this level to keep up with Essuman’s pace.
Predicted Result: Essuman TKO Round 11
Both Jenkins and Essuman love to brawl on the front foot and should prove to be a barnburner on Saturday night. Jenkins’, the Commonwealth and British champ, prefers simple shifts with arching shots over the top. While crisp scoring shots, his hand’s low style and telegraphed movement leaves him vulnerable to counters. Even Johnny Garton was able to land counters by the championship rounds. Essuman isn’t a notorious counter-puncher, but due to the sheer volume he pours out, he will undoubtedly catch Jenkins’ at some point. While the Welshman is prone to being knocked down and recovering, Essuman is a relentless finisher. As is common with Commonwealth/British battles, this is the true litmus test for the hot prospect.
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