At the age of 17, Sam Eggington had his first child and found himself working as a forklift driver to put food on the table for his family.
When the Birmingham native became a worker, he had to find a new source of income and he had to find it fast.
This is when the 28-year-old returned to his roots in the ring with plans to simply become a “walk-on” boxer.
Almost a decade after his professional boxing career, Eggington (32-7, 18KO) defended his IBO world middleweight title for the first time against Dennis Hogan (30-4, 7KO) as the main event headliner. of Super Saturday. at the Newcastle Leisure Centre.
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It was a bit of a journey for Eggington on his way to the top of the throne, even if the world title wasn’t in the plan.
“I played with my coach, and I still have one coach now, and I said straight up, ‘There’s no way I’m going to be a walk-on,'” Egington said.
“‘The way you box, it won’t work.’
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“I always want to keep going, if I get hit I want to hit it twice. It just snowballed from there really.
“We took opportunities as they came and I truly believe that’s why I’m where I am, because you have to be ready to take advantage of opportunities.”
It is also a journey ahead of the deadline as Eggington’s manager, Jon Pegg, told the Birmingham Mail in June that the hero should hang up his gloves for his 30th birthday.
That’s why Eggington focused on one thing for the next two years.
And it is not a world title, regional or continental, although they are far from getting what he needs.
“Belts are great for taking on the road,” says Eggington.
“But the belt brings the money too. I need a seat belt to keep my family safe.
“The bills are big and the money being paid is big but there is one goal and that is to make as much money as possible.
“Protecting the belt and keeping the belt will make it easier.”
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Throughout his professional career, Eggington has also earned a reputation as one of Britain’s best fighters with two consecutive fight of the year awards from the British Boxing Authority.
It is of great value to viewers and viewers listening to Eggington’s battles.
But what about his angle?
“With Sam it’s like you’re driving a speeding train,” Pegg told Sky Sports.
“It is not a good thing to try to take it away. It’s not good to sit back and go, ‘Oh it’s going to be good.’
“You have to treat it as best you can and hopefully it ends up where you want it to.”
And according to Eggington, the speedboat has only two gears.
“It’s all or nothing,” Eggington said.
“I’m here to defend my title, so I think we know who I’m in.”
Against Hogan, Eggington came upon a man who knew full well that he was a cat in his ninth life.
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This is the fourth time the Irish star is looking for a world title, but the first in Australia.
A great fight against Conor McGregor can await Hogan if he finally feels, ‘and new’, for the first time.
But for Eggington, who actually didn’t know the full story about Hogan going into the fight, he didn’t have a big fight that he had been looking forward to for a long time.
In fact, his confidence is higher than his own.
“More than anything, winning, I know it’s going to be nice, but it’s not going to be a waste of time,” Eggington said.
“I don’t want to be away from the children for two weeks. It’s not something I’m happy about at all.
“So I’ll make sure that when I have two weeks from the kids that everything is in order and I get the belt back.”