Sam Eggington wanted to be a journeyman. The problem was he could not help winning.
Journeymen box week in, week out. It is regular pay but they are expected to lose. Sam Eggington, however, is someone who could not help trying to win.
A former European and Commonwealth champion at welterweight, he now boxes Poland’s unbeaten Przemyslaw Zysk on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
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“I only turned over to be journeyman. I heard they got say 1,200, 1,500 quid a week. All over that at the time I was. I was making it rain with that. It’s all worked out for the best, it’s kind of snowballed,” Eggington told Sky Sports News.
“I got a few title shots and it kind of snowballed from there. We’ve just ran with it and enjoyed it along the way.”
He is a veteran of multiple hard, gruelling championship fights. But promises there is more to come.
“I’m coming into my peak. I’m 28,” Eggington said. “It’s peak time and I feel like it. The numbers don’t lie in the gym. I feel good, I feel strong. I’m making weight quite comfortably for 11st. I’m enjoying myself.
“I’ll look huge and I’ll look bigger [on fight night]. I’ll fill out and I’ll be full of energy.”
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Eggington has taken seven losses in a 38-bout career. He might not always finish a contest victorious but he always tries to. That is what makes him so exciting to watch.
“Whether he [Zysk] comes to box like Mayweather or fight like Tyson, I believe I’ve done everything I can in the gym to make sure that I get the win,” Eggington said.
“Let’s get this weigh in out the way and some food in me and your man’s in trouble.”
Watch Sam Eggington vs Przemyslaw Zysk, Karriss Artingstall’s pro debut, Adam Azim and more live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event this Saturday at 7pm.