• Dexter Hastings

Eggington defends his European Title

Eggington defends his European Title

Birmingham's newly crowned European welterweight Champion Sam Eggington will make his mandatory defence against Mohamed Mimoune at the Manchester Arena on the 8th October. Eggington v Mimoune will be on the undercard of Anthony Crolla v Ricky Burns fight which will be shown live on Sky sports.

Eddington won the European title in May when he beat Cerefino Rodriguez with a devastating KO Stoppage this coming on the back of two great stoppage victories against Frankie Gavin and Paulie Malignaggi. Mimoune who hails from France is unbeaten in over 3 years and should be a challenge but Eggington is predicting another KO Stoppage and then wants to land a big fight.

Sam said “It's good to take care of the mandatory and I know he's going to be well up for it, I've not watched him myself but I'm told he's an awkward southpaw so I am certainly not looking past him".

Eggington continued “I want to take on all-comers and I want a huge fight with another big name. Paulie was a big name but because of the stage of his career that's not being looked at as a great win. Eddie Hearn mentioned Lamont Peterson and that would be amazing. I have to get this one out of the way and then I'm ready for a huge fight. I was mandatory for the European title after beating Paulie and I wasn't going to throw that away, I'm proud to have won the belt and I am happy to defend it, but after that I really want to push on.”

Tickets go on sale to Matchroom Fight Pass members at midday on Thursday (August 10) priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 and VIP tickets priced at £250 via www.stubhub.co.uk.

Tickets go on general sale at midday on Friday (August 11) with tickets priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from www.manchesterarena.com or by calling 0844 847 8000. VIP tickets are exclusively available through www.matchroomboxing.com priced at £250.

Dexter's Thoughts

It will be great to see Sam back in the ring defending his title and putting Birmingham boxing firmly on the map as he make his first defence in Manchester. I have no doubt that Eggington will be victorious and will even predict a 8round Stoppage. Sam is looking for the big fights now but has to get this one out of the way, Mimoune has not been beaten in 3 years so should be able to challenge "The Savage" slant be over looked. Hopefully when Eggington wins this fight he will get the big fights he craves and fingers crossed a world title shot sometime next year. The column will be looking on in interest to see what happens next.