THE rapid rise of Sam Eggington, 16-2 (9), has been nothing short of remarkable. In the past three months, “The Savage” from Stourbridge has claimed both British (Glenn Foot – td 8) and Commonwealth (Joseph Lamptey – rsf 7) honours at welterweight, and all before his 22nd birthday. For a man who originally wanted to become a journeyman, and who lost two of his first 11 pro fights, his progress has been exceptional. With victories over respected domestic names in Dave Ryan (pts 10 – November 2013), Denton Vassell (rsf 8 – September 2014) and Shayne Singleton (rsf 5 – March 2015) he boxes Frankie Gavin on October 17.
You became a professional at 18 years old. You had only had 31 amateur fights and had not even boxed as a Senior. Why did you decide to turn over so young?
Well I lost my job as a forklift driver at a steel factory, so I had to find another way to earn some money. That’s why I decided to turn pro.
The plan was to box professionally, and earn a living that way.