Eggington in Title Defeat Down Under
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Birmingham-born Sam ‘The Savage’ Eggington lost his IBO Middleweight world title to Irish-born Denise Hogan at the Newcastle Entertainment center Australia (8.10.22). This was Eggington’s first defense of his world title after beating Przemyslaw Zysk in June of this year on points. Both fighters weighed in 10 stone 13 with this being Hogan’s 4th attempt at a world title.
After a cagey opening, Eggington sustained a cut on the top of his head from an accidental clash of heads in the third round. As the fight wore on, Hogan started to get on top in the middle rounds but there was not much in it as Eggington continued to press and pressure the Irishman.
Hogan got some good shots off in the 11th round but Eggington continued to battle hard and was still in the fight. The final was another hard-fought one with both fighters having joy with Hogan getting an eye-catching right hand off.
The judges scored it, 114-114, 116-112 to Hogan, and 116-112 to Hogan.
The first thing I would like to say is fair play to ‘The Savage’ for traveling all the way to Australia to defend his world title. The fight itself was very close in my opinion but I did think Hogan had it by a round or 2. I thought Eggington boxed really well as he pressed Hogan all the way, but I felt that ‘Savage’ intention was missing. What I mean is that there was none of the old savage where he sits on his opponent's chest and works on the inside. Eggington who is only 28 can move on from this defeat and with his eastside Team rebuild learn and come again of this I am sure of.