By Kevin Francis, courtesy of the Daily Star
TEENAGER Sam Eggington will go record-chasing in tonight’s Prizefighter Welterweights III in Wolverhampton.
He wants to become the youngest winner of the eight-man, one-night tournament which takes place at the Civic Hall.
The Stourbridge fighter, who only turned professional four months ago, has won each of his three paid fights.
And he’s determined to land the £32,000 winner’s cheque and become the youngest winner of the event at 180 days younger than Patrick Mendy,who lifted the title in June 2010.
Eggington, 19, said: “On top of the money and where winning Prizefighter can land you, being the youngest winner would be a prize in itself.
“It is a big opportunity but I have only had three fights – so even if I did win them all I would still only be a six-fight novice.
“It would boost my career but it wouldn’t do what it could do for some of the others, who could get a bigger title. It couldn’t do that for me, I would still have to do a few more fights.
“Some of the lads in the past have had so many fights and have the experience. But I’ve nothing to lose.”
Eggington turned pro in September and has three points’ wins to his name so far. Having lost his job as a forklift truck driver, he jumped at the chance to come into Prizefighter as a reserve for Nasser Al Harbi.
He said: “Getting a late call hasn’t affected me. I had been in the gym over Christmas because I knew that Prizefighter was looming.
“I was keeping fit and was ready to jump in. I am just glad that I have now got a chance. I got made redundant before Christmas so the money would be good.
“Not having a job has helped because I can get up in the morning and go for a run.
“I used to do 12-hour shifts but now I can do as much training as I want.
“But, in another way, it means that if I don’t box, I don’t have a wage, so it kind of balances out. Picking up the prize money would be marvellous.”
PRIZEFIGHTER QUARTER-FINAL DRAW: Mark Thompson v Rob Hunt, Sam Eggington v Dale Evans, Chad Gaynor v Callum Cooper, Steven Pearce v Glenn Foot.