EGGINGTON: I’LL GET COMMONWEALTH BELT WON AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
‘You Don’t Get Paid For Overtime’ says Birmingham man ahead of Saturday’s title shot
Sam Eggington intends to ‘get the job done as quickly as possible’ when he faces Joseph Lamptey for the vacant Commonwealth Welterweight title on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, live on Sky Sports.
The Stourbridge youngster is developing at a rapid rate and while Eggington says he doesn’t know much about Lamptey, he’s just excited to get the chance to fight for a major belt in a big show in Birmingham.
“I was buzzing when I got the news I would be fighting for the Commonwealth title,” said Eggington. “It gives you that little bit of an extra push in the gym.
“The last year has been mad. I came into boxing to earn a bit of dough, so for the first Prizefighter to come off was amazing but since the second one it has just gone wild. I have gone from small hall shows to massive Matchroom shows and now in my home town. It is crazy.
“I don’t like to say where I could end up because I don’t want to jinx myself. If you had asked me 12 months ago would I be where I am now, I would probably say that was a bit much. But I have got here and there have been no hiccups yet. I honestly feel that I can go far.
“Tomorrow will be the same as always; I will go in and I will get the job done. If I can get it done early, as I always say you don’t get paid for overtime. I like to get the job done as early as possible so if I can go in there and get him out be it in the first round or the tenth or eleventh, I want to get him out of there as soon as possible.”
Eggington’s clash with Lamptey is part of a star-studded line-up in Birmingham as Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE faces South American champion Rafael Zumbano Love.
World-rated Birmingham fighters Kal Yafai and Matthew Macklin are in action, Joshua’s fellow Olympic Gold medal winner Luke Campbell MBE fights for the 11th time in the paid ranks, Kal’s unbeaten brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks, Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith returns to the ring and Midlands fighters Lennox Clarke, Dan Breeze, Michael Rooney and Jordan Cooke all taste action.
It’s a huge night of boxing on Sky Sports with the coverage of our big fight night in the second city joined by two massive fights from Hidalgo, Texas as WBA Bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell meets WBO king Tomoki Kameda and former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns tackles unbeaten former Lightweight World champion Omar Figueroa.
Running order (subject to change) and weights (where applicable)
5:30pm 4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
JORDAN COOKE v LIAM RICHARDS
Followed by 4 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
MICHAEL ROONEY v ISMAIL ANWAR
Followed by 4 x 3 mins Light- Middleweight Contest
DAN BREEZE v KEVIN MCAULEY
11st 6lbs 7oz 11st 4lbs
Followed by 6 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest
LENNOX CLARKE v ALISTAIR WARREN
11st 11lbs 5oz 11st 12lbs
6:45pm 8 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight Contest
GAMAL YAFAI v ARNOLDO SOLANO
8st 12lbs 4oz 8st 11lbs 2oz
8 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight Contest
CALLUM SMITH v OLEGS FEDOTOVS
12st 4lbs 3oz 12st 2lbs 3oz
8 x 3 mins Middleweight Contest
MATTHEW MACKLIN v SANDOR MICSKO
11st 11lbs 11st 4lbs 5oz
Followed by 8 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
LUKE CAMPBELL v ABOUBEKER BECHELAGHEM
9st 12lbs 9st 11lbs 2oz
Followed by 12 x 3 mins Vacant Commonwealth Welterweight Championship
& WBC International Silver Welterweight Championship
SAM EGGINGTON v JOSEPH LAMPTEY
10st 6lbs 6oz 10st 4lbs 9oz
Followed by 8 x 3 mins Heavyweight Contest
ANTHONY JOSHUA v RAPHAEL ZUMBANO LOVE
17st 10lbs 16st 12lbs
8 x 3 mins Flyweight Contest
KAL YAFAI v ISAAC QUAYE
8st 4lbs 3oz 8st 4oz