Hunt lauds Eggington sparring ahead of fringe WBC title test

UKO Boxing 24/02/2015

Rob Ellis

Stafford boxer, Rob Hunt, is convinced sparring with WBC International Silver Title Challenger, Sam Eggington, will stand him in good stead as he targets his own belt this weekend.

Eggington is preparing to take on Shayne Singleton for the WBC strap in Hull next month and invited Hunt to his Eastside Gym in Birmingham. 29 year-old Hunt challenges Melksham’s Liam Richards for a British Bronze Masters Welterweight Title in Cannock on Saturday, 28th February and believes he has benefitted from working with highly-rated Eggington in the build-up to the fight.

“Sam is as hard as nails,” Hunt told www.uko-boxing.com. “He’s a quality operator. It was great to get some rounds in with him. I know I’m the older, more experienced fighter but it’s me who looks up to him.

“He’s doing very well for himself and is the cusp of really making his mark.

“He’s a come forward fighter, who takes a shot to land a shot. The experience will stand me in good stead and hopefully give me the edge on the night.”

The likeable Stafford scrapper is hoping it will be third time lucky in his hunt for a professional boxing belt. Defeats against Ben Lawler and Steven Pearce have twice put paid to his Masters hopes but now, after a sold training camp, Hunt is determined to be crowned a Bronze Masters Champion.

“I’ve had a good ten week camp for this one,” he added “This will be my third shot at a title. Hopefully it will be third time lucky.

“Every boxer wants to win belts. I’m no different. This is a good opportunity for me. I’ve seen a bit of him and he’s a decent boxer but he’s got his weaknesses. It’s up to me to exploit them.

“Fighting close to home is obviously a bonus. This is the closest fight (to home) I will have had and hopefully I will get the win in front of a bumper crowd.”

Fellow Stafford fighter, undefeated Grant Cunningham, tops the Black Country Boxing ‘Heir To The Throne Bill’ bill at the Chase Leisure Centre. Cunningham goes toe-to-toe with Damon Jones in an English Middleweight Title Eliminator.

Walsall’s Luke Paddock is also in action as he makes a maiden defence of his Midlands Area Light Welterweight Title against Newark’s Fergus Taylor.

Birmingham super featherweight prospect, Sean ‘Showtime’ Davis, is in action whilst Leeds welterweight, Stevi Mennell, takes on Halesowen-based Kevin McAuley. Stourbridge light middleweight, Steven Pearce, makes a welcome ring return as he takes on Latvian, Eduards Krauklis.

Completing the bill is Stoke light welterweight, Josh McLaren, who takes on Atherton’s William Warburton and Birmingham’s Waqas Mohammed debuts Reading’s Ibrar Riyaz.

The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504065.

Tickets for Eggington’s battle with Singleton, which is headlined by Tommy Coyle versus Martin Gethin, are on general sale priced £40, £60 and £120 for VIP’s and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at matchroomboxing.com. Matchroom Boxing’s ‘Divide & Conquer’ Bill takes place at Hull Arena on Saturday, 7th March. This show is live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

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