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Can Sam Eggington become Matchroom Boxing’s biggest success story?

Sam Eggington wins in Italy to breathe new life into his rollercoaster career
Sam Eggington
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Florence • September 19

WHILE Matchroom have produced and promoted plenty of fighters better and more accomplished than Sam Eggington, the Black Country slugger might yet turn out to be the promotional outfit’s biggest success story, contextually speaking, simply by getting a shot at a world title. Cynics will undoubtedly scoff that he doesn’t deserve one and they’d have a point. The 25-year-old has lost six times in his career, most recently in emphatic fashion to Liam Smith in March, but in an era when unbeaten records are protected to a fault, Sam Eggington continues to dust himself off after each defeat and grow stronger.

On Thursday night in Florence’s Tuscany Hall, “The Savage” rampaged through Orlando Fiordigiglio to secure a victory that will likely lead to a lofty ranking with the International Boxing Federation in the super-welterweight division. It’s true that the 35-year-old Italian had no business being rated fifth in the world by the IBF but that was not Eggington’s problem. He got the job done and then some when a series of brutal right hands had Fiordigiglio out on his feet and rescued by the referee at 1-30 of the second round.

When the Stourbridge resident turned professional in 2012 he did so purely to earn a few quid. Realising his own limitations, he set his sights on becoming a journeyman to ensure his earnings were regular and not dependant on the amount of tickets he could sell. But things didn’t quite go to plan. Within three years he had starred on Prizefighter, secured a deal with Matchroom, exposed the unbeaten Shayne Singleton, and picked up British and Commonwealth titles at welterweight along the way.