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January 26, 2017

Frank Warren makes triple signing

by Shaun Brown

Frank Warren has been a busy man.

Fresh off announcing his schedule of fights to be shown on BT Sport in the coming months the British promoter launched a signing spree in 24 hours.

With Nicola Adams OBE being added to the ranks earlier this week Warren snapped up the fighting talents of Nottingham welterweight Ekow Essuman, GB amateur star Sunny Edwards and 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist Sam Maxwell.

"Signing with Frank is brilliant for me, he has a well-deserved reputation for developing boxers in the right way and I'm confident he'll do the same with me. The future is looking bright and I can't wait to get started," Essuman, a former GB podium boxer.

27-year-old Essuman picked up notable wins against current British Middleweight Champion Tommy Langford and 2013 World Championship Gold Medallist Anthony Fowler during an accomplished amateur career and believes he'll have no problem mixing it with the best in the paid code.

"My amateur career started quite late at the age of 17 and I had to make up for lost time quickly. After a while I was beating highly-rated fighters who were representing England. After a few months on trial on the GB Team I was progressed onto the Podium Potential Team before ultimately progressing onto the Podium Team where I fought some of the best fighters in the World."

Essuman, trained by former Lightweight Barrington Brown and managed by Jimmy Gill, made his professional bow in December, outpointing journeyman Andrej Cepur in Birmingham. He will fight for the second time as a pro on February 4 in Nottingham and is keen to display his talents to as many people as possible in the coming months. 

The brash and flash Edwards fighter believes he'll be able to show his true ability in the paid code and is dreaming of World honours.  

Younger brother of Flyweight World title challenger Charlie Edwards, Sunny, originally from Croydon, is trained by Grant Smith and managed by MTK. He made his pro debut last September and has raced to three wins, all dominating points decisions. 

“The Southern Arena and English titles are in my sights for now and then possibly the British title after a year or so. Ultimately, the plan is to win a World title, I want to be the best. I won’t shy away from any title fights; I’m in this game to win belts!”

Maxwell, a member of the illustrious GB squad for five years boasts an impressive amateur pedigree. As well as capturing Bronze in the Light-Welterweight division at Glasgow 2014, Maxwells' extensive lists of accolades also includes two ABAE Elite Championship wins in 2011 and 2014. 

Maxwell, trained by the legendary George Vaughan at Derry Mathews' gym in Liverpool, had the opportunity to share the ring with two-weight World Champion and pound-for-pound superstar Vasyl Lomachenko on two occasions.

“I boxed Lomachenko twice in two weeks, once in Kiev and once in London, the second time I really held my own, it was a really good fight," said Maxwell. "I’ve had ten rounds with him in total and it was a great experience. He's the best fighter in the World and it's given me a lot of confidence moving forward.

"I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Frank and I can't wait to get started. The future is looking very bright and I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills to a huge audience. I have a great team behind me and now it's all down to me to deliver the goods.

"Within the next couple of years, if everything is going well and progressing nicely, I'm aiming to be challenging for British titles. After that I want to be challenging at World level and I'm more than confident in my abilities."