Despite not being able to carry out the most public parts of his day job, Frank Warren has been keeping himself behind the scenes during lockdown by signing three top-quality fighters to his promotion. Warren has bolstered his ranks with some great talent, signing Ekow Essuman, Nathan Heaney, and Danny Ball.
All three men are sitting on fantastic records, having put on dominant performances and not recording a single loss between them.
Ekow “The Engine” Essuman has been making waves in the Welterweight division, making a big statement last March as he put on a career-best performance against the far more experienced and better fancied Tyrone Nurse. It’s a fantastic fight to watch, with Essuman boxing smart and sticking to a solid strategy, taking a well-deserved points win. Essuman showed the tenacity, stamina, and agility needed to out-point a difficult opponent.
The Nottingham based fighter is an exciting signing, Essuman being the current English Welterweight Champion, adding further pedigree to Queensbury and joining Welterweight competition Chris Jenkins and Johnny Garton.
The next signing for Warren also comes at Welterweight, the WBC International Silver titleholder Danny Ball. Danny showed utter class during his fight with Mason Cartwright to take the title, showing excellent use of range, switching levels and angles, and consistently confusing Cartwright with varied combos and changing his punch pace. Ending the fight in round 3, rushing forward and peppering Cartwright with rapid and brutally accurate jabs and straights until referee Mark Lyson stepped in.
At 23, Ball has a lot of time to improve his skills and condition his body to the step-up in opposition he now finds himself with. Under the stewardship of Queensbury, he will be a fighter to watch, and one the other Welterweights at Queensbury will be keeping tabs on in the gym.
The third signing for Warren is the Stoke favourite, Nathan Heaney. The unbeaten Middleweight has a huge local following, who he takes with him to Queensbury. Heaney is the current IBO Continental Super Middle titleholder, after showcasing his pure boxing ability while outpointing Christian Schembri at home in Stoke to take the title.
Dominating the first 6 rounds and successfully shutting his opponent out, before Schrembri briefly rallied in the 7th to land some big body shots which barely troubled Heaney, he was a class act all the way. Heaney almost ended the fight in the 9th round, when he landed a clinical left hook which buckled Schrembri’s legs. To his opponent’s credit, he recovered and took the fight to the distance, but it was a wonderful boxing showcase by Heaney.
These three signings have set Warren up nicely with some well-regarded and well-loved British fighters who will do incredibly well in the domestic fights he will be needing to stage in the short future. While both Heaney and Essuman will have their sights set on international competition, there are a number of top-flight boxers to challenge them at home.
In the Welterweight division, Queensbury new boys Essuman and Ball have a wealth of British talent to be matched against, and with potential sparring partners in now-teammates Chris Jenkins and Johnny Garton, they’ve got their work cut out for them.
At Middleweight, Nathan Heaney is most closely matched to the dangerous Denzel Bentley, but now shares promoters with the Liam Williams and Mark Heffron who are at the top of the British Welterweight rankings.
All three men have been some of the most interesting British boxers to watch in recent years, putting on great performances, well-deserving of a big dog like Frank Warren taking notice.
We look forward to seeing their careers progress and will be covering their upcoming bouts as news breaks.