Your future is abroad, Sheffield boxer is told

Waleed Din V Thomas Essomba
Waleed Din V Thomas Essomba
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Sheffield promoter Dennis Hobson believes Waleed Din can return from his morale-shattering defeat at a new weight - but he may have to campaign overseas.

Earlier this month, Din, 22, was stopped by Cameroonian Thomas Essomba at Rotherham’s Magna in the 11th round after being bullied in the Commonwealth flyweight title event. Whle the pair had made the same weight, Essomba bulked up considerably in one day and looked much the bigger fighter.

Hobson said: ““The future for Waleed is to campaign at a lower weight. Waleed lives to fight another day, and I’m looking for him to campaign at light-fly (7st 10lbs) or even straw weight, (7st 7lbs) but we’d have to go on the international scene to do that. There’s no domestic scene at those weights.”