British heavyweight champion Sam Sexton has revealed that he wants to make an impression on the world scene beginning with victory over Hughie Fury.
Sexton picked up the Lonsdale belt with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Gary Cornish in the giant Scot’s backyard last year in Edinburgh and makes the first defence in a tough match-up with Fury.
It was announced this week by Hennessy Sports that Sexton would battle the slick, younger cousin of Tyson Fury, who Sexton has described as ‘awkward’ when giving his thoughts to WBN.
Fury is coming off the back of a split-decision loss to Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, Joseph Parker in a failed WBO world-title challenge last September.
Questioned on Fury’s loss to Parker Sexton exclusively told World Boxing News: “Yeah I’ve seen the highlights, I haven’t seen the fight all the way through yet but it’s something I’ll have to do soon.
From what I saw, it was quite a negative fight on the back foot, with Fury making Parker do all the work coming forward.
“But there you go, styles make fights, and Hughie’s an awkward fighter.”
Sexton wants to use this platform to get bigger fights, which defeating somebody with the Fury name could do for his career, and the 33 year-old has set his sights making a splash higher up the heavyweight food chain.
“I mean ideally I want to go to the world scene, the bigger fights, the better paydays and I would love the British title (outright),” he explained.
“But to defend it three or four times (might be difficult as) I’m not getting any younger. I’m 34 years old nearly, so by the time I do that I’ll be pushing retirement.”
On how the fight came about Sexton added: “Well I said to my trainer Graham I want the biggest fight out there I can get really I’m not getting any younger.
“I need fights that are going to progress me and not give everyone else a leg up as such.
“it was just a fight that made sense and hopefully (a win over) Hughie Fury would gatecrash me on the world scene.”
The bout will be televised live in Britain on free to air channel 5 on may 12th.
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93