Sam Eggington, 14-2 (8KO’s), faces Ghanaian Joseph Lamptey, 18-5-1 (12KO’s), for the right to call himself Commonwealth welterweight champion in front of a nationwide Sky audience, as he takes the stage as chief support to Anthony Joshua on Matchroom’s RESURRECTION event in Birmingham this coming Saturday.
The 21-year old can expect strong backing from his hometown faithful, in what has the look of the most competitive fight on offer on an evening which includes the very best prospects British boxing has to offer, tuning up for bigger tests ahead.
Eggington has come a long way since first seen as a brave yet unprepared 19-year old, losing to Dale Evans at the first stage of Prizefighter: Welterweights 3 in Wolverhampton back in 2013. Physically, he looks a different animal altogether, his progression punctuated by dominant wins over former British and Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell (TKO8) and the previously undefeated Shayne Singleton (TKO5) in his last outing.
The future looks bright for the youngster from the Midlands, who clearly has the backing of his promotional outfit, who were confident enough to confirm his position on the weekend’s card ahead of his crunch clash with Singleton in March.
The significance of navigating such a test was not lost on Eggington at the time.
“This is a massive fight for me,” said Eggington. “Shayne has a title that can open doors for me if I can take it off him. He’s unbeaten but I am very confident that I’ll take his belt. It’s great to have the two fights mapped out for me, if I can beat Shayne then I am sure that the fight in Birmingham on May 9 will be a big one and that’s a massive incentive.”
A massive incentive it proved as Eggington ripped away Singleton’s WBC international silver welterweight title, opening the door for his crunch clash with Lamptey for his first legitimate title. With home advantage and the clear signs of improvement, it is difficult to look past Eggington who plans on winning in style.
“I want to put on a great show in Birmingham because that’s my first big hometown show so I want to really impress the fans.” Eggington concluded.
Eggington – to use a horse racing term – has come up on the rails of what is a stacked welterweight division both domestically and internationally and at only 21, he only looks like improving. His fan friendly aggression will see him make the impression he desires, in what might just be the start of a career to follow in Birmingham.