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Boxxer return this Saturday night with yet another stellar show on British shores. Sam Eggington headlines in Coventry against the undefeated Przemyslaw Zysk, with a tantalising chief support as Tyler Denny and River Wilson-Bent rematch for the English middleweight title after their highly controversial draw last year.
Fight of the Year contender last time out - Eggington vs Jkitou (Photo: Hennessy Sports)
Whenever Sam Eggington steps through the ropes, you may not go anywhere. No matter the level of opponent or whether he is expected to win or not, ‘The Savage’ just wants a tear up. Phone box fighting is where Eggington excels. Taking one to give one, even taking four or five, just to dish out his own combinations. Every time Sam Eggington steps into the ring, you are guaranteed pure entertainment.
You only have to look as far back as one fight ago for the 28-year-old, when he headlined a show on Channel 5 against a relatively unknown, but unbeaten and dangerous French fighter, Bilel Jkitou. Eggington was expected to win and he did just that in the end, but what went down in September last year was one of the best fights you are ever likely to see.
The West Midlands man well and truly bit down on his gum shield, walked forward and had a complete tear up with Jkitou. Credit where it is due to the travelling Frenchman of course, who played his part in a thoroughly entertaining and spine-tingling encounter for the paying public of Coventry.
That fight ended up being a unanimous decision victory in favour of Eggington, but it was a fight that will live long in the memory for British boxing fans, who were kept on the edge of their seat for the full 36 minutes of the contest. The Skydome was rocking last year, which will have given Eggington a taste of what Saturday night is likely to be like, as he again fights in front of his West Midlands home fans, looking to give them yet another enthralling night of non-stop pugilistic action.
Not to sound like a broken record, but rewind three fights previous to his last bout to August 2020 at Matchroom Fight Camp. Eggington faced Ted Cheeseman in a super-welterweight contest that will go down in history as one of the greatest fights on British soil in the 21st century to date. It was nip and tuck the whole fight, with both men scrapping the tactics and throwing the game plan out of the window after just one round.
'Thea Savage' has had 38 professional fight at just 28-years-old (Photo: Sky Sports)
Eggington felt hard done by after a hard fought twelve rounds when the judges’ scorecards got read out, and all three had the bout in favour of Cheeseman. The outcome didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the fight and just how sensational it was, with both men battered and bruised after a pulsating 12 rounds of action.
These are just two of the fights that Eggington is remembered for, but there are more. It mustn’t be forgotten that ‘The Savage’ has shared the ring with the likes of Liam Smith, Mohamed Mimoune and Bradley Skeete. Not to mention two of the highest profile wins of his career, over former world champion and boxing superstar, Pauli Malignaggi, as well as the best amateur boxer to ever come out of the UK, Frankie Gavin.
Eggington brings guaranteed value for money. His inability to make a fight easy for himself is what appeals to the fans, it is why the boxing public pay to watch Sam Eggington fight, as they know they are going to witness and absolute dog fight. This weekend when the Smethwick man walks to the ring and puts it all on the line once again, the Skydome will be in raptures, about to witness a blood-bath of brutal boxing battling.
The fight is for the IBO World Super-Welterweight Title, a title not regarded as one of the main four belt, but one that still brings with it appeal and big fights in the future. Saturday night will be on easy task for the Midlands man, as he faces a tough, unbeaten Polish man named Przemyslaw Zysk.
Looking at the man standing in the opposite corner to Eggington, Zysk boasts a record of 18-0, with a third of these wins coming by way of stoppage. Not only is the 30-year-old undefeated, but he stands at 6”0 tall, giving him a slight advantage over Eggington, who himself is no slouch at the weight.
It is fair to say that Zysk comes to the UK this weekend as the underdog, and certainly an unknown quantity. His record doesn’t have any names that jump out at you or any performances that make you think he has what it takes to beat Eggington, but he will most definitely come with ambition, a will to win and an aim of bringing that green and gold belt back to his home country of Poland.
Zysk travels to the UK looking to keep his unbeaten record in tact (Photo: Tapology)
There have been countless Polish fighters in recent years who have come over to British shores and made a real name for themselves. Not so long ago, Tony Bellew had an incredibly tough fight with Mateusz Masternak who was an unknown quantity to the British boxing fandom, but who most certainly earned the respect of UK fight fans after the fight.
He is just one from a long list who have come over to the UK and made a real name for themselves, and Zysk has the opportunity to do that this weekend. If Zysk can give back as much as he can take on Saturday night, it could turn into yet another war for Eggington, who will surely be hoping this isn’t the case on yet another occasion.
Although Saturday’s fight is for the IBO world title, world level doesn’t seem like the next destination for the winner. European aspirations could be next on the radar for the victor on Saturday night, but whatever happens next is irrelevant, as all eyes are on the Skydome for this super-welterweight brawl.
Whoever walks away triumphant on Saturday will be in a great position. Maximum exposure on prime-time television on a Saturday night on Sky Sports, on a huge platform with a promotional backing to match. Should Eggington prevail at the weekend, don’t be surprised to see Ben Shalom return to the Midlands in the not so distant future for yet another bumper card headlined by ‘The Savage’, Sam Eggington.
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Sam Eggington (31-7, 18 KOs)
Bilel Jkitou – WIN – SD (112-116, 117-112, 117-111)
Carlos Molina – WIN – UD (116-112, 119-109, 117-111)
Ashley Theophane – WIN – TKO Round 6
Ted Cheeseman – LOSS – UD (113-116, 114-115, 113-116)
Przemyslaw Zysk(18-0, 6 KOs)
Juan Ruiz – WIN – UD (97-93, 98-92, 98-92)
David Bency – WIN – TKO Round 5
Marcos Jesus Cornejo – WIN – UD (80-71, 80-71, 80-71)
Jose Luis Castillo – WIN – KO Round 3
Date: June 25th 2022
Time: Approx. 10.30 Ring Walk (GMT)
Venue: Skydome, Coventry, West Midlands, England, UK
Promotor: Boxxer (Ben Shalom)
Broadcaster: Sky Sports
Official Fight Night Poster (Photo: @boxxer on Twitter)
Elsewhere on the card, Tyler Denny and River Wilson-Bent rematch for the vacant English Middleweight Title, with prospect Adam Azim also featuring on the bill. Cori Gibbs faces Carlos Perez in a super-lightweight contest, with undefeated talents Dylan Cheema, Rhys Edwards, Shakiel Thompson, Scott Forrest and Aaron McKenna all feature, with their opponents being announced this week. Kaisee Bejamin also features on the card and Tokyo 2020 Team GB medallist, Karriss Artingstall makes her professional debut in the featherweight division.