Andy faces former Team GB fighter for English welterweight title

LEEK postman/pro boxer Andy Keates, pictured, will get his next opportunity to deliver in the ring at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Sports Village on October 20.

He’ll be up against former Team GB Olympic hope Ekow Essuman for the vacant English Welterweight title.

Botswana-born Essuman turned pro two years ago and has since remained unbeaten in his seven fights, two of which ended in technical knockouts

The 29 year old is known on the pro-circuit as ‘The Engine’ – a mark of his endless energy and relentless pressure-based boxing style.

Andy, 27, has been eagerly waiting to get back into action after his IBO Continental Welterweight scrap with defending champion Craig Morris, at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, in March, ended in controversy.

Referee Terry Connor stepped in at the end of the third round to declare the fight a technical draw after Morris, from Ludlow, sustained a nasty cut above his right eye.

Connor ruled the injury to Morris had been caused by a clash of heads and he was therefore allowed to make his decision under boxing rules.

However, Andy, who had dominated the opening rounds, was adamant it was a punch which did the damage and therefore Morris should have relinquished the title.

In Ekow, he possibly faces his toughest challenge to date, the Nottingham fighter having spoken his desire to one day become a world champion.

Ekow started boxing at the relatively late age of 16, and began boxing competitively at 17 when he quickly made a name for himself as an Amateur Boxing Association prospect.

Despite being less experienced than others his age, his hard work, dedication and commitment quickly paid dividends.

Soon, Team GB talent scouts came calling and after six months of trials and beating off competition from 40 other boxers, Ekow was invited to join Team GB as a welterweight boxer.

As part of Team GB Ekow trained five days a week and flew all over the world to compete against European medalists, Olympians and world champions. It was then that Ekow knew he was ready to make his mark as a professional fighter.