Britain’s Chris Kongo became the new WBC international silver welterweight champion with a unanimous points decision win over Germany’s Sebastian Formella in a thrilling 10-round contest last Saturday 11th June In London (Wembley). The show was promoted by Benjamin Shalom (CEO of BOXXER).
Kongo has now won 14 of his 15 fights and continued his ascent in a talent-rich division at Wembley Arena on Saturday. At 29, he was handed the toughest test of his career yet against a co-challenger like Formella who showcased the grit, wily ring coverage and endurance that previously saw him last 12 rounds with both Conor Benn and Shawn Porter. Kongo was on the front foot throughout and landed a beautiful uppercut in the sixth round that appeared to draw blood from the nose of his German opponent. But Formella remained busy and consistently sought to offer a reply to Kongo’s slick combinations, though often to little avail as the Londoner absorbed shots impressively.
Former WBC International SILVER champions in this division
Dean Sutherland Scotland
Danny Ball UK
Michael McKinson UK
Shayne SINGLETON UK
Sam Eggington UK
Patrick Allotey Ghana
Victor ‘Lupo’ Puiu Romania-Canada
Ahmed Kotiev Russia * Interim