By Daniel Mole: Sam Eggington was crowned Midlands Area Welterweight Champion on Friday evening after dethroning Steven Pearce at the Venue in Dudley. The 19 year-old (now 5-1), in only his sixth professional fight, picked apart his more experienced opponent in devastating fashion. Pearce, almost ten years Eggington’s senior, deserves plenty of credit for a gutsy display. Despite taking heavy shots in every round, and hitting the canvas in the second, the 28 year-old kept coming forward.
This played, literally, into Eggington’s hands though as Pearce was picked off at will with spiteful hooks and uppercuts. The sheer volume of accurate, hard-hitting shots took their toll and, by the seventh round, a short snappy uppercut sent Pearce face-first into the canvas.
Referee Terry O’Connor called a halt to proceedings as Pearce received medical attention before, thankfully, making it to his feet. The night belonged to Eggington though who becomes surely the youngest ever holder of the prestigious strap.
“It was a war really,” Eggington told www.uko-boxing.com. “Credit to Pearce. He is a good lad. He was technically better than I thought and made a real fight of it.
“I knew I was hurting him with my shots though. You could hear him wince as I went to the body and I knew once I put him down in the second that it was only a matter of time.
“It was a brilliant atmosphere and it was a night I’ll always remember.”
The undercard featured four entertaining bouts.
Cradley’s Chris Male (now 12-1) made a winning ring return as he secured a deserved points victory over Slovakian Elemir Rafael. The Punching Postman, who lost out on the English Featherweight Title last time out following a defeat to Josh Warrington, looked in good shape as he recorded a 60-54 verdict.
Dudley’s Kyle Spencer (now 6-0) survived his toughest test to date when he faced tough Brummie, Dee Mitchell. ‘The Style’ didn’t have it all his own way and, although he recorded a 40-36 win, he will have learnt more from this fight than his previous five put together.
Elsewhere, Birmingham’s Andrew Robinson (now 6-0) won each round against the entertaining yet tricky Jody Meikle. ‘D’Animal’ secured a 40-36 victory and was much the busier of the two men.
Finally, Northampton’s Ashley Lane dispatched of Scottish scrapper, James Ancliff, in style.
Ancliff was sent to the canvas in the second round by a looping right hook and the fight was pulled at the end of the third with the Scotsman sporting deep cuts above both eyes. Lane also picked up a cut above his eye for his troubles in what was an entertaining battle.
The show was promoted by Errol Johnson. His next promotion, this time in association with Frank Warren Promotions, takes place at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 31st May when British Lightweight Champion, Martin Gethin, faces an IBF Final Eliminator against Ammeth Diaz.
Tickets, priced at £40 and £75 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Gethin v Diaz will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com