|Ashley Sexton’s post fight pic|
12th March 2013
Ashley Sexton failed in his bid to land the European bantamweight title after being stopped in eight rounds by Stephane Jamoye in Liege, Belgium.
Sexton, 25, put in a brave shift in the champion’s backyard, giving a good account of himself against the man who ripped the European title off Bristol’s Lee Haskin’s in December last year.
The Cheshunt man started the fight well and was giving the champion plenty to think about with his all action style and willingness to engage Jamoye in the early rounds that were close.
But in the 6th round Sexton was deducted a point for holding and Jamoye began to turn it up and in the next round and dropped Sexton with a hook to the body.
Sexton survived the first knockdown and made out the round but the writing was on the wall and Jamoye forced the stoppage a round later as Sexton touched down twice on his way to his second pro defeat after another wicked body shot finished the fight.
“I just wanna say sorry to everyone for my loss”. Sexton said.
“I’m devastated I wanted to win so much I trained so hard my weight was half a pound under I felt great and was in the fight until I got hit with the body shot.”
“I want to thank my team first Mickey Helliet, amazing manager you know what you do mate and you do it good. Paul Rees best trainer ever I’m always learning and I will win a major title. Dave Ryan for taking me to another level and I could have lasted 16 rounds had I not got caught and Andy Smith I couldn’t do it without you there mate thank you guys.”
Afterwards Sexton’s manager Michael Helliett praised his boxer and his efforts, especially considering the fight almost didn’t happen. Team Sexton had brought up concerns regarding the ring which they claimed did not comply with EBU rules and it was only after much haggling with the fight promoter, that they were eventually offered a bigger purse so the fight could go ahead.
Sexton is a great character in the game game and a loss to Jamoye a tough improved fighter is not a bad thing and the experience will be of great benefit, expect the bantamweight to bounce back and in the domestic bantamweight mix in no time.