Sam Eggington can’t wait to battle it out with Steven Pearce for the Midlands Area Welterweight Title.
The Stourbridge boxer (4-1) is confident of securing a first title since turning professional last year when he steps in with current Area Champion, and fellow Stourbridge resident, Pearce (7-1) at The Venue in Dudley on Friday, 3rd May 2013.
Pearce was crowned Champion last month after stepping in as a late replacement for Joel Ryan to defeat Derby’s Luke Gallear. Ryan was due to face Pearce this time around but moved aside, paving the way for Eggington to contest a domestic belt in what will be just his sixth professional fight.
“I can’t wait for it,” Eggington told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity. The Midlands Area Title has always been a part of my plans as I move up through the rankings. It’s come a bit sooner than I thought but you have to take these opportunities when they come around.
“I know that it’s a step up from the four rounds I’ve fought in my first five fights. Ideally, I’d have liked a six rounder or two to work up to ten rounds (of championship boxing) but the Board (BBBoC) have cleared it so I’m happy to fight.”
Eggington has been busy since turning professional last September. After a hat-trick of points victories, over Leon Findlay, Charlie Thompson and Andy Hardy respectively; the 19 year-old entered ‘Prizefighter: The Welterweights III’ at Wolverhampton Civic Hall back in January.
Although he lost on points to eventual Finalist, Dale Evans, his spirited performance earned him plenty of plaudits. He followed that up with a first knock-out victory, over Czech fighter Vaclav Skromach, in February before being given the nod to take on Pearce.
With his training camp now well under way, Eggington believes he has the heart, and mind, to overcome Pearce.
“I’ll be more than ready for this fight when it comes around,” he added. “I’m a fighter.
“I’m not scared to lose. You see people with 10-0 records, 15-0 records; but they haven’t fought anyone. I went away to Wales in my first fight and beat a kid who was undefeated in his first three professional fights. Not many boxers do that nowadays.
“I‘m game and I’m willing to fight anyone. I’ve never been stopped, I’ve never taken an eight-count; not even as an amateur. With respect to Pearce, he was stopped at Prizefighter. He can be stopped.
“I’ve got no plans of hitting the deck but I’ve got plans for Pearce to hit the deck, so we’ll see what happens. I’m confident I’ve got what it takes to beat him.”
Tickets for what is sure to be a sell-out show 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 features the return of Cradley featherweight Chris Male (11-1), plus Dudley light-middleweight prospect, Kyle Spencer (5-0), Dudley lightweight Rizwan Rasool (2-0), West Bromwich light-middleweight, Adam Corbett (3-1), Dudley featherweight Dean Anderson (5-2) and Birmingham super-middleweight Andrew Robinson (5-0).
Peterborough Arena Show on April 12 postponed
The show at the Peterborough Arena scheduled for Friday, April 12 has been postponed.
Michael Maguire pulled out with illness and promoter Robert Waterman has decided to put the show back to Saturday, May 11. Waterman hopes Cello Renda will join Maguire, Nathan Dale, Jordan Gill, Sam Barron and Jake Dyer on the show.
Renda needed 25 stitches in wounds inflicted by Tyan Booth when they boxed in February, but could be back for the show in May.