Eggington Claims World Title
The Savage’ Sam Eggington claimed his first World Title as he won a unanimous decision against unbeaten Polish fighter Przemyslaw Zysk. The 12-round contest was the main event on the Boxxer Promotions show at the Skydome Coventry and was aired live on Sky Sports (25.6.22). The world title on the line was the vacant IBO version in the Super-Welterweight division. Eggington (28) from Birmingham weighed in 10 stone 13 with Zysk (30) from Poland coming in 11 stone, reffing on the night was Steve Gray.
Eggington started fast and put it on Zysk from the first bell pinning him to the ropes with Zysk looking like a rabbit in the headlights. Eggington continued the pressure in the seconded with big combinations with Zysk having no answer to the onslaught. In the third Eggington started to open Zysk up with some big shots the Polish fighter did not seem to know what to do looking over to his corner for answers. Eggington eased off in the fourth and worked well behind his jab winning the round but giving Zysk a glimmer of hope. In the fifth Zysk started well getting some good combinations off, Eggington then turned up the pressure banging in big combinations to win the round. Eggington went to the body well in the sixth but Zysk who I think was in shock that he was still in there started to get better but Eggington won the round.
Eggington continued to pour on the pressure in the seventh but Zysk with his newfound confidence landed some nice shots to win the round. Zysk continued his good work in the eighth as he grew in confidence and got some good shots off, Eggington continued to pour on the pressure and landed the better shots. Zysk continued to get some nice one, two’s off but Eggington won the round with the cleaner shots. Eggington showed good ring craft boxing well on the outside then coming in with good shots, Zysk did get some nice one, twos, and uppercuts to win a share of the round. Eggington let some evil bodyshots go in the eleventh round but Zysk was showing loads of heart as he continued to hang in there. Eggington finished strong with some big combinations in the final round as Zysk stood strong to see the final velvet bell.
The judges all had it to Sam Eggington with Mikael Hook and Patrick Morley scoring it 119 to 109 Eggington and Terry O’Connor having it 117 to 111 to Eggington, I had it 119 to 110 to Eggington.
Convincing victory for ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington tonight who becomes Birmingham’s third-ever world champion with Wayne Elcock winning the WBU version and Jal Yafia winning the WBA version. It did look in the first two rounds like it was going to be an early night as Zysk didn’t seem to have a clue what to do at this level. But Zysk grew in confidence as the fight went on which made it a more entertaining fight as the result was never in doubt. It's been a long time coming for Eggington who has been on the cusp of the world title scene on a number of occasions but has finally got his chance.
I’ve been a long-time Sam Eggington fan and I’m chuffed to bits that he has completed his goal of winning a world title. At only 28 Eggington has still got a lot of good years in front of him and is really just hitting his prime. Winning this title and having the backing of Hennessey promotions, Boxxer Promotions, and Sky Sports I’m sure he will be looking for one of the bigger world titles in the next few years.
The Birmingham Boxing Column would like to congratulate Sam Eggington on his great victory.