Sean McGoldrick loses unbeaten record as Thomas Essomba proves too good

In a minor upset on the Fowler vs Rose undercard, Thomas Essomba outscores Wales’ Commonwealth Games champion Sean McGoldrick

Sean McGoldrick vs Thomas Essomba
Sean McGoldrick vs Thomas Essomba

Newport’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick, unbeaten going in, took his first significant step up, in his 10th pro fight, contesting the vacant WBA Continental bantamweight title at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre.


McGoldrick started sharply against Ryhope-based Cameroonian Thomas Essomba, a former Commonwealth fly and English bantam boss, but was quickly overrun and dropped a clear decision, by scores of 98-93, 97-93 and 96-94.


The Welshman showed good shot selection and upper-body movement. Essomba, a switch-hitter fighting out of the southpaw stance, prowled forward, targeting his opponent’s body. The African, a two-time Olympian in his own right, had lost four of his previous five but in good company and only the destructive Lee McGregor has halted him.


His movement and persistence gave the former amateur star problems in his third fight under trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis, although the former is in Philadelphia for Carl Frampton, who fights there next week. McGoldrick was cut around the left eye towards the end of the sixth in a 10-rounder, but when he kept things at mid-to-long range, which was rare, Sean generally held the advantage. Essomba, fighting in bursts, had a good seventh, aiming for the cut, and gradually took over. McGoldrick looked one-paced when he seemed to need a bit of urgency and a change in approach.

The early part of the Anthony Fowler vs Brian Rose undercard also saw a first-round win for new Matchroom signing, heavyweight Martin Bakole, over Ytalo Perea, and a wide eight-round decision for undefeated Qais Ashfaq against decent Sean Davis at super-feather.

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