Commonwealth champ Ekpo eyes Arthur Abraham-Paul Smith winner
Newly crowned Commonwealth and WBO Africa Super Middleweight champion, Isaac Ekpo is eyeing an immediate re-crack at the world title itself after revealing his desire to face the winner of the upcoming WBO Super Middleweight championship between champion, Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith.
Ekpo previously lost a decision in a bid for the same WBO title against Robert Stieglitz in Germany last year, the same opponent Arthur Abraham defeated in March to wrestle away the title.
Abraham subsequently successfully defended the belt against Nikola Sjekloca at the end of May and is now aiming at a second successful defence against 31 year old British Super Middleweight champion, Paul Smith at Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on September 27.
Ekpo who only last month won both the Commonwealth and WBO Africa titles on the back of a convincing victory in Accra, says he is ready to finally achieve his boxing ambition of world championship glory and believes he can overcome the challenge any of Arthur Abraham or Paul Smith could present. And he wants a chance without delay to prove his case.
“I thank God for opening the door for me again and helping me to become the Commonwealth champion and I’m grateful to my manager and coach for their guidance and support. This is just the beginning,” Ekpo told EastSideBoxing.com in Accra.
“I think I am ready to finally win the world title I so much want, I’m ready to face either Arthur Abraham or Paul Smith whoever wins their fight in September. The title they are fighting for belongs to me and I want to beat the winner and take it,” the Ghana based Nigerian added full of confidence.