Thomas Essomba is the new Commonwealth flyweight champion.
The unbeaten Sunderland star stopped Sheffield’s Waleed Din in the 11th round at Rotherham. to clinch the vacant belt
Essomba, born in Cameroon but now an adopted Wearsider, had too much skill and strength for the previously-undefeated “Dynamite” Din.
The Phil Jeffries-managed fighter put Din down three times in the penultimate round with the home camp throwing in the towel.
Referee Steve Gray accepted the retirement sparking celebrations in the ring and outside it with the ecstatic band of Wearside fans.
Essomba was on top from the first bell at the Magna Centre, moving forward and scoring successfully.
Din was more competitive in the second but the Cameroon-born fighter was back in charge in the third and better was to come in the fourth.
A powerful left from the 27-year-old floored Din. The ex-ABA champion was up by the count of eight and survived the rest of the session.
Essomba maintained his dominance in the fifth and sixth rounds to hold a strong lead at the mid-point.
Din upped his game in the seventh and eighth and for the first time in the bout, the home fans came to life.
However, Essomba was soon back in charge, starting the ninth with a left hook to the chin and a spanking left-right combination.
Din was put down in the 10th though, amazingly, referee Gray ruled it as a slip.
The Sheffield 22-year-old was soon down again, but Mr Gray did not count it as a knockdown but with his gumshield coming out three times in the round it was a sure sign the end was nigh.
And when Essomba floored Din at the start of the 11th this time it was no slip. Din was up at eight and allowed to continue but he was decked for a second occasion.
Again, he was up at eight but the Sean Casey-trained fighter soon repeated the feat.
Din, to his credit, got back up but his corner had seen enough and Essomba was the champion.