Steven Pearce and Sam Eggington will put friendships to one side when they go toe-to-toe for the Midlands Area Welterweight Title next month. The pair meet at The Venue in Dudley on Friday, 3rd May 2013 in what is sure to be an explosive contest.
Pearce (7-1) and Eggington (4-1) struck up a friendship following their appearance on Sky Sports’ “Prizefighter: The Weltereights III” back in January. Hailing from Stourbridge, the pair knew of each other before but, having spent time together, bonded during the build-up and on the night of Wolverhampton Civic show.
Current Champion Pearce was stopped by eventual Prizefighter Winner, Glenn Foot, whilst Eggington lost a Unanimous Decision to Finalist, Dale Evans. The pair have remained in contact since and always have a chat when their paths cross.
However, on the 3rd May, the Stourbridge duo agree that friendship will go out of the window. For the fight at least.
“He’s a nice kid who I get on with but come fight night he’s the enemy,” Pearce told www.uko-boxing.com. “He wants what I’ve got but I won’t be letting it go.
“I’ve known of Sam since he was an amateur and we always have a chat when we’re out and about. We spent a lot of time together during Prizefighter, he’s trained at my gym a few times and we get on well.
“We’re mates outside the ring. We’ll fight and it will be strictly business but no matter which way it goes, we’ll shake hands and have a drink together afterwards I’m sure.”
“We’re of the same mindsight,” agreed Eggington. “We’re mates but if you want to get somewhere in this game you have to box whoever comes along. On the night, we’ll be enemies but afterwards we’ll be fine and I’m sure we’ll have a little chat.”
Tickets are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £60 Ringside to include a three-course meal (tables of ten). They are available from The Venue Box Office on 01384 453 101.
The undercard is for the show is also taking shape.
Cradley’s Chris Male (11-1) will compete for the first time since making a u-turn on his decision to retire. The punching postman looks set to take on veteran Kristian Laight (7-144-6) over 6 x 3’s.
A trio of Dudley fighters will also be in action.
Light-middleweight prospect, Kyle Spencer (5-0) will be looking to build on the promising start he has made to his professional career when he takes on Birmingham’s Andrew Patterson (5-38-3). Spencer recorded a first knock-out last time out and will be looking for a similar result on his home turf.
Featherweight Dean Anderson (5-2) will be looking to put the disappointment of losing out on the British Masters title at super-bantamweight in December when he takes on Scottish scrapper, James Ancliff (11-24-3), whilst lightweight Rizwan Rasool (2-0) takes on Lincoln’s Luke Walker (0-1).
West Bromwich light-middleweight, Adam Corbett (3-1), will now miss the show due to persistent injuries but Birmingham super-middleweight, Andrew Robinson (5-0), is in action to complete the line-up.