British heavyweight contender Sam Sexton has revealed his continued irritation at being passed up by some of the big domestic names.
Current number one contender for the Lonsdale Belt, former Commonwealth champion Sexton is awaiting his shot at the title but feels the likes of Dillian Whyte, Dave Allen and others are avoiding him.
“It’s pretty frustrating,” said Sexton. “After fighting my way up after losing to David Price, I am now in a position to fight for the British title again.
“I then thought the perfect opponent would be Anthony Joshua (when he was British champion) as he was the man to beat, and what better way to win the Lonsdale belt than to beat the man everyone says is the best? I went to a boxing dinner with Joshua and called him out in front of everybody (not disrespectfully) but it was brushed under the table and the conversation was eluded. We then put to the board that Sexton
“I went to a boxing dinner with Joshua and called him out in front of everybody (not disrespectfully) but it was brushed under the table and the conversation was eluded. We then put to the board that Sexton versus Hughie Fury for the British title on the undercard of the Klitschko v Tyson bill would be a great fight but this fight was again brushed aside. Then the board orders Sexton
“Then the board orders Sexton versus Allen for the English title and I called out Dillian Whyte to fight me for the British title but instead, his promoter tried the easier option to fight Allen. The board turned it down for the British. Whyte beat Allen and still doesn’t want to fight me. Allen also doesn’t want to fight for the English title either and is going back to the drawing board by the sounds of things. ]
“Whyte is now chasing big world fights instead of fighting me, even though he hasn’t done anything. I’ve been Commonwealth champion and boxed for the British title twice. I beat Martin Rogan for the Commonwealth title after he was beating everyone up. He had just one prizefighter, beat Audley Harrison and knocked out the commonwealth and European champion Matt Skelton but the European wasn’t on the line. Therefore realistically, I should have been the European champion too after stopping Rogan twice in Belfast.
“My mother then fell ill and I lived with her in hospital for much of the Derck Chisora camp. I wasn’t ready so I was going to pull out but I was told that if I did then I’d be stripped of my Commonwealth title. Being a proud man I chose to fight and lost (didn’t cry about it) but all these lads right me off because I’ve lost to two fighters my whole career. Both of which have gone on to big things.
“All these so-called up and coming dodgers haven’t done half of the things I have. Nobody wants to fight because they all know I’m to big a risk. Meanwhile, they’d rather wait for me to get old or keep fighting in the hope that I’ll have a bad night and get beat. Step up lads and grow some nuts for fuck sake. As you all know I’ve never been one to run my mouth but it’s getting tiring now
“Step up lads and grow some nuts for fucks sake. As you all know, I’ve never been one to run my mouth but it’s getting tiring now,” he added.