Lee McGregor vs Thomas Essomba

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Lee McGregor vs Thomas Essomba
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Average: 4 (1 vote)

Date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: 
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
118
Titles at Stake: 
Vacant (British Empire) Bantamweight Commonwealth Title

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In just his 5th professional fight, 21 year old Scot, Lee McGregor takes on more experienced Thomas Essomba, for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title.

The fight is very competitive, McGregor, considered the fighter with the more potential, Essomba, much more experienced, and both fighters have plenty of success. Essomba has a great 4th round, as he scores a knockdown against his green opponent.

McGregor rallies in the last round, manages to stop Essomba to win the commonwealth belt, and in a tough learning fight, gets by far the best win of his career so far.




Fan Cards: Lee McGregor vs Thomas Essomba


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
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LEE MCGREGOR
10
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10
105
THOMAS ESSOMBA
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103


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Good test for Lee McGregor, he is only 21, only 4-0, he has a lot to learn, but this might not be too much, too soon, a Commonwealth title win in 5 fights is some going, but not unrealistic if a fighter is progressing quickly.

Essomba's record isn't so good, 8-4, still a winning record though, he has never been stopped, and he has won English and Commonwealth titles. Essomba and the Commonwealth title last year, against Jay Harris, he then knocked out Louis Norman for the English title, and then in his last fight, back in June, he was narrowly defeated by Kyle Williams, who he dropped, but still lost the title to.

Essomba should be confident, he lost his debut, he has never fought as an unbeaten fighter, but he has fought unbeaten fighters, beat Waleed Din, who was 7-0, and although he lost to Harris (9 fights) and Williams (8 fights), both are unbeaten fighters. Experience is on Essomba's side, he has done 81 rounds, been 12 rounds before, done 10 rounds, 3 times, McGregor has done 9 rounds, has never been past round 4. There is no record of any amateur highlights on McGregor's BoxRec, Essomba was an Olympian, so in terms of experience, amateur experience might be on Essomba's side as well as professional experience.

30 is not young for a bantamweight, Essomba is as good as he will ever be, he is cleary not close to world level, but is a good British sort of level fighter, McGregor is untested, has a lot to prove, but is unbeaten, has had a great start to his career, is very young, has a lot of time to improve, so he could be the next world level Scottish boxer after his stablemate, Josh Taylor, he could have world level potential, could be a future world champion, but he could also be another fighter who is proven not to be good when he steps up, might lose even before he gets to world title contention, he is very much untested, but as far as being good at, or ready for Commonwealth level challenges, this is a good test for McGregor.

Essomba isn't a big puncher, but he has some power, and he gets stronger as fights go on if I remember rightly from the Harris fight, so if McGregor puts a lot into the early rounds, trying to take Essomba out, can't hurt him, but struggles to know what to do other than go for it and be aggressive, with urgency, it could be a very tough night for him. If McGregor takes Essomba out early, that will say something about his power, will be a good statement, but I don't think that will happen in this fight. McGregor's skill level, mentality, will be tested, he is bound to struggle technically to an extent, make mistakes, get hit, because he is so inexperienced, but how much boxing talent, tactical discipline he has will be tested, I'm sure Shane McGuigan gets him good sparring.

Essomba isn't a great boxer, technically good fighter, just a tough British level fighter who is not bad at the level he cometes at, so I think already, McGregor can technically get the better of him, use better fundamentals, will have enough speed, maybe just sheer boxing talent, to win the early rounds. I think Essomba will come on strong in the second half of the fight, McGregor will struggle for pace simply because he's going into unfamiliar territory, but his chin, recovery, fitness will be tested, but will probably handle the distance well given that he is in a good stable, probably sparrs a lot of rounds, but still, the fight should get more competitive if Essomba can drag the fight into the later rounds. I think McGregor will win a UD, will win wide, maybe 117-111 or 118-110, but will not have everything his own way.

For fighters like McGregor, who make good starts to their careers, get early knockouts, this is what they need, rounds, opponents who they can't just blast out of there in 4 or less rounds.

Champion97's picture

From SalTnutZ1

https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/United-Kingdom/Channel-5--31 This fight will stream here for us non-UK folks