Waleed ‘Dynamite’ Din is a man on a mission and on October 17th, the explosive Sheffield flyweight will lock horns with old foe, Thomas Essomba, with the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) title at stake.
The two combatants have done battle before, in the unpaid ranks, with the Cameroon-born Tyne and Wear resident scraping a debatable points decision. Now the pair are ready to renew hostilities at The Magna Centre in Rotherham. That amateur defeat erks the 22-year-old Yorkshireman, though, and Din (7-0, 5KO’s) is confident of making a statement in the rematch.
“I boxed him in the 2014 senior ABA semi final and I boxed to the plan. How he got the decision, I just don’t know.” Din said of his first encounter with Essomba.
“He’s a strong, come forward fighter, but I’m going to beat him in every department. Expect an explosive performance from me. I’ve been working on a number of things with my coach, Keith Palmer, and come October 17th you’ll all be in for a treat.”
Although Din is yet to go past the sixth round in his fledgling career, the talented youngster has faith in his work ethic and dedication to his craft, and he isn’t at all concerned about the prospect of going the 12 round championship distance. Ever since turning professional, the Dennis Hobson promoted prospect claims to have trained and prepared for title fights, regardless of his opposition.
The winner of this fight will open up doors for himself, as the domestic flyweight scene is bursting at the seams. Former amateur star, Charlie Edwards will challenge the undefeated Louis Norman for the English title on September 12th, whilst names like Prince Patel, Iain Butcher and Jamie Williams are all searching for title fights of their own. Currently at the top of the British rankings sits Kevin Satchell, the British and European champion.
Despite being part of such an exciting group, Din – a consummate professional – refuses to look too far ahead of the task at hand. Nevertheless, he is willing to pit his wits against anybody on these shores.
“I’ll fight whoever my team puts in front of me, but I don’t want to look too far ahead. I have to take care of business on October 17th before I start calling people out.”
When asked for his opinion of the always controversial Patel, who is never short of a word, Din replied, quite simply; “I’ve already beaten him twice.”
The fight is likely to be televised live on free-to-air digital channel, Spike TV.
Although not having his first amateur bout until he was 17, Din took the unpaid code by storm, winning the 2013 senior ABA light-flyweight title. Turning pro the following year, the 22-year-old has raced to 7-0 – knocking out five opponents in the process – and could be the Steel City’s next big boxing champion.
Essomba though will undoubtedly be a tough test for the upcoming Din.
The Cameroonian, managed by top North East promoter and manager Phil Jeffries, captained his country’s boxing team at the 2012 London Olympic Games and is on a four-fight winning streak since relocating to Wearside.