Sam Eggington set to return at super-welterweight on Khan Show.

Sam Eggington set to return at super-welterweight on Khan Show.

Former British, Commonwealth and European welterweight titleholder Sam Eggington returns to the ring after losing his title to Mohamed Mimoune back in October 2017. Eggington has confirmed that he will be making the move up in weight from welterweight to super-welterweight. Eggington made the decision a couple of months ago and he is now just two days away from making his debut at this new weight. Eggington is part of the undercard of Amir Khan v Phil Lo Greco on the 21st of April at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

 

Here at SBAT we are again delighted to be sponsoring Sam for his upcoming fight on the Amir Khan undercard. We have worked with Sam on two of his previous fights, and are over the moon to be continuing this long-term relationship. Sam is a great lad that works hard at a sport he loves, having watched him train at the EastSide Boxing Club in Birmingham we know that Sam lives boxing. So it’s our pleasure sponsor Sam again for his debut at 154 lbs, this weekend in Liverpool. 

It’s no secret that Eggington his was a big welterweight, and struggled to cut the weight. This showed against Mimoune as Eggington looked drained on the scales. As the fight moved past halfway, it was clear that Eggington was facing an uphill struggle. 

 

After losing to Mohamed Mimoune on a split points decision in Manchester last year.

Egginton stated: “So last night wasn’t my night, but we will go back to work pretty soon,” “I think the move to another weight category is the right thing to do after last night and how I felt going into the ring. Big thanks to everyone for the support.”

Talking recently about his fight with Mimoune, Eggington told the Stourbridge News:

“Against Mimoune, I still had all the attributes as before, I was able to take shots, and he couldn’t stop me from coming forward and pushing, but I just didn’t have the same energy. “I stayed longer at welterweight because I didn’t want to give up my title and was getting big fights, but I was always depleted. But I’ve got that spring back now and can’t wait to get going again.”

So after taking some time out of the ring to ponder where his boxing future lay, Eggington made the announcement that he would be moving up to light middleweight. After of the most significant disappointments for Eggington career losing his title, as some huge fights were within touch distance. Barry Hearn had even talked about making the Danny Garcia in Las Vegas. Now it seems that Eggington will have to start from the bottom, as he attacks the 154 division.  

After the Mimoune fight, Sam admits to being in a bad place and taking some time to get over the defeat. 
“ I was in the sauna 20 minutes before the weigh-in for the Mimoune fight, it was the toughest struggle I’ve ever had.
“ I never wanted to give up my title but it was still hard to lose it. It took time to get over the fight and clear my head.”

Now fighting at light middleweight Eggington could set some huge domestic flights. Liam Smith, Liam Williams and Ted Cheeseman all long stand at this weight, but the prize that they are all shooting for is a shot against Kell Brook. The former IBF welterweight champion of the world has also moved up to 154 lbs, after losing his title to Errol Spence. Like Eggington Brook also struggled to make the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. Brook made his debut at light middleweight last month, when he knocked out Siarhei Rabchanko. 

Originally Eggington was due to fight on the Brook undercard. Then with only a month until fight night, a boxers worse nightmare happened. Eggington was forced to pull out due to a cut suffered in sparring. Eggington’s debut was now going to put back by 4/6 weeks giving the cut time to heal. Eddie Hearn said after the pull out that Eggington would either fight on the Amir Khan or Bellew Haye card depending on his recovery time. We now know that it will be the Khan card in Liverpool, as Khan fights on UK soil for the first time in five years.   

We all believed that Eggington’s return to the ring in an eight rounder against Ryan Toms. Then the news broke that Eggington’s debut would now have significantly more meaning. We understand that Sam will now face Ed Paredes in a ten rounder for an intercontinental belt. Paredes based in Florida is a significant step up for Eggington, as Paredes has big knockout power stopping 25 of his 38 fights. 

A win will instantly put Eggington in the mix, as Paredes is ranked with all the major governing bodies. A win would put him one step closer to one of the big fights that Eggington has been craving over the last two years.  The Birmingham fighter will have to have his eye on the ball at all times, otherwise, Paredes will end Eggington’s dream at 154 lbs. 

Overall, we think that this move to 154 lbs it’s a beneficial one, as Eggington is one of the most exciting fighters on the UK circuit, known for his ambition and strong mentality when he fights.

Sam Eggington’s career record reads 21 victories and four defeats, including 13 knockout wins. Sam Eggington was on a four-fight winning streak prior to his defeat at the hands of Mimoune back in October. During that excellent winning run, he beat Frankie Gavin, Paulie Malignaggi and Ceferino Rodriguez, taking the title from Rodriguez back in May 2017.

Eggington's original opponent Ryan Toms would have been a tough test. The Northolt’s boxer holds a record of 15 wins, 14 defeats and 3 ties. Ryan Toms was on an eight-game winning streak prior to his defeat at the hands of Arthur Hermann back in July 2017.

In the first fight Eggington was a huge favourite with the bookies, but now with the late change, this is now a lot tougher than we all first thought. In the build-up to the fight, if you are looking for a bet on the Eggington fight, then our Boxing tips page is the place to be. Not just the boxing we have all sports covered in our bet of the day page, horse racing tips and free football tips. 

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