Ekow Essuman is a 27 year old professional boxer, former Team GB Olympic boxer and Blackwolf Athlete who is known on the pro circuit as “The Engine”. He earned this name thanks to his never ending energy, stamina and relentless pressure based boxing style.
Based in Legends Gymnasium, Nottingham UK, Ekow works with trainer Barrington Brown and manager Jimmy Gill and has recently signed with Frank Warren Promotions. With his team assembled, Ekow has firm plans to rise through the ranks until he becomes a World Champion.
Ekow started boxing at the relatively late age of 16, and began boxing competitively at 17 when he quickly made a name for himself as an Amateur Boxing Association prospect. Despite being less experienced than others his age, his hard work, dedication and commitment quickly paid dividends.
Soon, Team GB talent scouts came calling and after 6 months of trials and beating off competition from 40 other boxers, Ekow was invited to join Team GB as a Welterweight boxer. As part of Team GB Ekow trained 5 days a week and flew all over the world to compete against European Medalists, Olympians and World Champions, it was then that Ekow new he was ready to make his mark as a professional fighter.
“I got into boxing because I wanted to get involved in a sport where an individual was recognised for their hard work, dedication and couldn’t blame losses on teammates. I got invited to train at Bilborough Boxing Club with a friend to keep fit. After a few weeks of hellish training, I started to realise that boxing was far from a simple sport, there are so many technical aspects! When I realised this I soon fell in love with the sport.”
“Boxing to me is the art of hitting and not getting hit. To me this means an individual would have to mentally and physically be at their peak to be able to out box and outwit their opponent. It’s like Chess, but it’s most certainly not a game.”
“My Biggest achievement is Getting onto the Team GB Boxing Team and then being asked to join the Podium Olympic Boxing Team, there are 40,000 amateur boxers in great Britain and to have been part of an Elite team of 40 was an accomplishment in itself.”
“I love the hard work of it all. I like to know my opponents are not training as hard as me and this pushes me to train even harder to be the best at what I do.”
“I train 2 or 3 times a day (Monday to friday).”
“7-am I wake up early every day and go for a run ( this involves a mix of sprint sessions, hill sprints, and sustained jogs).
10-am I have a training session in which I work on my strength and conditioning as well as hitting the boxing bags and/or sparring for my general fitness.
6-pm I focus on boxing technique in the form of hitting the pads and doing boxing drills to learn new techniques.”
“The sparring, it’s the closest thing to a boxing match and the best way to see where you are at with your training as a whole.”
“I eat a low carb high fat diet throughout my training camps for fights, I eat a lot of protein with good fats and fibres, whilst limiting my carbs to lose weight appropriately.”
“I plan on becoming a British boxing champion, then working my way up to a world Champion, I know this won’t be easy but nothing worth having comes easy. I plan on achieving this through dedicating myself to my cause, keeping a healthy boxing lifestyle and keeping the right team of positive minded people around me.”
“I’ve always been inspired by my parents, their drive and determination and how they brought me up to believe that no matter who an individual is they should always aim to be the best at what they do.
This is part of my training ethos and my competitive edge, I just want to be the best!”
“Mental resilience can help you improve any aspect of your fitness.”
“I am quite the film and series buff, in my down time. I catch up on all the Movies and series I’ve missed out on.”
“Being in the gym is part of my lifestyle. My trainer, manager and other boxers all keep the banter flowing, with pranks and jokes. It’s never a dull day in the gym….We can all always obsess about what we plan on eating on our cheat days.”
“Why wouldn’t I want to join the pack? The ethos behind how Blackwolf products work is spot on, and I believe with Blackwolf behind me I’m 10 steps closer to my goals.”