|Real name||Esham Pickering|
|Rated at||Super bantamweight|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
7 August 1976 |
|Wins by KO||13|
Esham Pickering (born 7 August 1976) is a British professional boxer who competes in the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He is a former British, Commonwealth and European champion and former World title challenger.
Pickering started his professional career in September 1996, with a 1st round win over Brendan Bryce in Cleethorpes. By November 1997 he had compiled an unbeaten record of 11 wins against no defeats and had earned a shot at the full British featherweight title. He travelled to Sheffield to challenge holder Jon Jo Irwin in May 1998 and lasted the full 12 rounds in what was to be an unsuccessful attempt. The defeat to Irwin was to be his first as a professional.
World Title Challenge
Pickering bounced back from his first career defeat to register six back to back wins including Chris Lyons, Marc Smith and Leeroy Williamson to line himself up for a shot at the World Boxing Organisation's version of the bantamweight title. On 16 December 2000 at the Sheffield Arena he challenged the reigning champion Panamanian, Mauricio Martinez and suffered a stoppage defeat after only 1 round. Martinez himself would go on to lose the belt in his next defence.
British and Commonwealth champion
Following the defeat to Martinez, Pickering fought only twice in 2001 on both occasions beating journeyman Carl Allen. In 2002 Pickering fought Allen twice more again winning both times. Sandwiched in between those wins came a third career defeat for Pickering, travelling to the Canary Islands to challenge Spaniard Alejandro Monzon and dropping a split decision. On 8 February 2003 Pickering fought for the vacant Commonwealth super bantamweight title and finally lifted a title defeating Kenyan Duncan Karanja to take the belt. In his next fight on 12 July 2003 Pickering made his first defence of the title against Brian Carr in a fight which also saw the vacant British title on the line. Pickering stopped Carr in the fourth round at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow to leave Scotland with both championships. One more defence of his Commonwealth title took place on 24 October 2003 with Pickering retaining the belt by beating Ghana's Alfred Tetteh at the York Hall. He would not go on to defend the British title choosing instead to go the European route meaning that Michael Hunter would go on to take the vacant belt.
European Champion and challenger
On 16 January 2004 Pickering travelled to the Town and Country club in Bradford to lift the European super bantamweight title. His opponent, Italian Vincenzo Gigliotti was stopped in the 10th round meaning that Pickering held the Commonwealth and European titles at the same time. Pickering would defend the belt twice more against Juan Garcia Martin in May 2004 and Miguel Mallon in June 2005, the latter victory taking place in Madrid. Sandwiched between the defence's on 8 May 2005 also came an 8-round victory over former British and European champion Noel Wilders. Pickering put his belts on the line, when on 28 October 2005, he challenged new British champion Michael Hunter for the belt that he never lost in the ring. In an exciting contest Pickering eventually went home empty handed dropping a majority decision for his fourth career defeat in a fight which took place in Hunter's backyard, the Borough Hall in Hartlepool. Pickering rebounded from the defeat with a victory over French journeyman Frederic Bonifai and with Hunter choosing to challenge for the IBF World title he found himself challenging for the now vacant title. The fight on 11 November 2006 took place in Dublin and saw Ireland's Bernard Dunne lift the belt with a unanimous victory over 12 rounds.
Two time British champion and challenger
on 16 March 2007 Pickering once again challenged for the now vacant British title and lifted the belt for the second time, defeating Marc Callaghan at the Norwich Showground. The victory was followed up with two non-title fights for the Newark man with a victory over Steve Gethin in October 2007 closely followed by an 8-round defeat to Sean Hughes in November. The defeat to Hughes meant that Pickering's next title defence was to be against the man from Pontefract and the defeat was avenged with Hughes stopped in the 9th round. On 27 June 2008, Pickering made his second defence and lost the title to prospect Matthew Marsh at the York Hall. His next fight saw a move up to featherweight and another chance at a British title against another prospect in Scotland's Paul Appleby only to drop another 12 round decision in Glasgow for the 8th defeat of his career.
Pickering returned to the ring on 23 May 2009 to defeat journeyman Sid Razak in Sleaford, Lincolnshire and followed this by traveling to the Ukraine for an unexpected chance to regain the European title. Meeting reigning champion Oleg Yefimovych on 3 October 2009 in what was a voluntary defence for the champion, Pickering was outclassed and stopped in the third round. He returned once more on 29 May 2010 this time to compete in the Prizefighter series held at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. Pickering faced Josh Wale in the quarter final of the tournament, losing on a split decision to the younger man.
- Esham Pickering professional boxing record Boxrec, Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Ed King, Pickerings battle for respect BBC Sport, 22 January 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Cook turns up the heat - undercard report of Pickering vs Tetteh BBC Sport, 25 October 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Pickering claims European title BBC Sport, 17 January 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Haye makes it perfect 10 as king arthur is detrhoned - report on Pickering vs Martin Getreading, Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Superb Dunne outclasses Pickering BBC Sport, 12 November 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Jono wows home crowd - undercard report of Pickering vs Calaghan BBC Norfoll, Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Pickering stops Hughes Boxingnews24, 19 January 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Matthew Marsh defeats Esham Pickering Boxingnews24, 29 January 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Appleby gives Pickering a boxing lesson Boxingnews24, 1 December 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- Pickering vs Yefimovych Boxrec, Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- Champion Casey targets European title shot Prizefighter series, 30 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
|Commonwealth Super bantamweight champion
8 February 2003 – 28 October 2005
|British Super bantamweight champion
12 July 2003 – 16 April 2004
|EBU Super bantamweight champion
16 January 2004 – 28 October 2005
|British Super bantamweight champion
16 March 2007 – 27 June 2008