Sexton has become the most exciting British flyweight prospect since Charlie Magri, and the bookies have made him a strong 1/3 favorite to lift the British title on Friday, with Bayaar the 9/4 underdog.
A confident but likable character, Sexton is looking forward to this Friday´s title chance.
”I am absolutely buzzing at the moment and really excited for my big chance. I have always boxed on the under card, and sat back and wondered what it’s like to be picked as the headliner – and now I have got that chance. Everything is such a big thing on the night; I took a step back the other day and just thought, wow! Once I get the job done and Bayaar out of the way, I want to make a couple of quick defences, and then get in with Commonwealth champion Chris Edwards.”
Britain has a proud flyweight tradition, dating all the way back to the 1920´s and the legendary Jimmy Wilde, through to the golden era of the 1930´s and 40´s when British fighters dominated the division and the likes of Benny Lynch, Peter Kane, Jackie Patterson and Rinty Monaghan all held the world title.
In the 80´s and 90´s, Charlie Magri, Duke McKenzie and Dave McAuley also won versions of the world title and resurrected interest in the flyweight division.
Now young Ashley Sexton looks to have the star quality needed to draw the public’s attention to the flyweights once again. In Shinny Bayaar he meets a tough opponent who can truly test him. Bayaar has never been stopped, and is always in tremendous condition. Like Sexton, Bayaar is over 5’5” tall, and a big, strong flyweight.
Bayaar may not mach Sexton in technique and power, but he lacks nothing in heart and durability.
This will be the toughest test of Sexton´s fledgling career so far. His manager Frank Maloney obviously thinks he´s ready for it, and I agree.
Sexton by TKO in five rounds.
Big Fight Odds; Ashley Sexton 1/3, Shinny Bayaar 9/4 for more info and betting odds visit www.bettingpro.com
12×3 British Flyweight Title