Sam Eggington set for Denton Vassell test

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Vassell was well beaten last time out and young Eggington will try to repeat the feat of fellow Midlands man, Frankie Gavin. (©GettyImages)
Vassell was well beaten last time out and young Eggington will try to repeat the feat of fellow Midlands man, Frankie Gavin. (©GettyImages).

Sam Eggington can't wait to lock horns with Denton Vassell at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester on September 13, live on Sky Sports HD.

The bout itself will be an eliminator for the British title and will support Scott Quigg's WBA 'Regular' super bantamweight title defence against Paulus Ambunda, and the Midlands Area welterweight champion couldn't be happier with the opportunity that Eddie Hearn has put in front of him.

"I'm buzzing for this fight. I've been asking for a well ranked welterweight for months and the fact that I've got one on such a big show makes it even better," said the elated 11-2 (5KO's) prospect.


The Stourbridge slugger is best known to British fans for his brave and exciting campaigns in the recent welterweight Prizefighter tournaments, during which he has built an army of adoring fans.

Vassell, the former Commonwealth champion, has lost only once in his 21 professional outings, when he was thoroughly outboxed and outclassed by Frankie Gavin.

The Manchester resident, whose days are spent working as a banker, will celebrate his 30th birthday on the day of the fight and he will be desperate to seal the occasion with a confidence boosting win.

Vassell the big favourite

With solid and impressive triumphs over decent opposition, such as Lee Purdy, Bethuel Ushona and Ronnie Heffron, Vassell is likely to be the big favourite with the bookmakers.

Eggington, nicknamed 'The Savage', is well aware of his opponents in-ring prowess, though, and he is still confident of leaving the famous venue on the back of his 12th professional success.

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"Vassell is a very good fighter. I know he came up short against Gavin, but most people in Britain would," he explained.

"We share a lot of strengths and he has the edge in a lot of other things. But I really believe I can win and I know that I'm going to (win)."

Also on the bill, Anthony Crolla will take on Gamaliel Diaz in defence of his WBO Inter-continental lightweight belt. And Scotty Cardle will challenge Kirk Goodings for the English lightweight title.

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