By Daniel Mole: Sam Eggington believes top class sparring will prove key in his efforts to dethrone Midlands Area Welterweight Champion, Steven Pearce, on Friday. The pair meet at The Venue in Dudley and 19 year-old Eggington has enjoyed sparring sessions with the likes of current British Champion, Frankie Gavin, and former English Champion, Curtis Woodhouse, as he attempts to become one of the youngest ever Area Champions.
“Sparring the likes of Frankie and Curtis is ideal preparation,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “They’re both great fighters and, in Frankie Gavin, you can’t get better sparring for a Midlands title than the current British Champion at your weight.
“I don’t know who Steven Pearce has been sparring with but he can’t have been in with anybody better than Frankie. I think it will make all the difference.
“Curtis is a really strong guy too. He’s stepping down to lightweight but you can really feel his power.
“To spar with those two, plus the likes of Dave Egan who is a warrior, has been great. I’m feeling really good to be honest.
“It’s a massive night for me and a massive night for Black Country boxing. There will be a big crowd there and we both really want it. This is Pearce’s first defence since winning the belt in March and this is my first title shot as a pro.”
Tickets are priced at £30 unreserved seating and there are still a handful of VIP tables, priced at £60 (Ringside) to include a three-course meal (tables of ten). They are available from The Venue Box Office on 01384 453 101.
Joining Eggington and Pearce on the bill is undefeated Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer (5-0). ‘The Style’ who recorded a first knock-out of his professional career last time out, faces durable Birmingham scrapper, Andrew Patterson.
Cradley’s Chris Male (11-1) also returns to action for the first time since his English title defeat at the fists of Josh Warrington in December. ‘The Punching Postman’ takes on durable Slovakian, Elemir Rafael.
Northampton featherweight Ashley Lane (3-3-2)steps in to replace Dudley’s Dean Anderson and he takes on Scottish scrapper, James Ancliff.
Birmingham’s undefeated super middleweight Andrew Robinson (5-0) completes the bill against tricky Lincoln fighter, Jody Meikle.