ANDBritish boxer Sam Eggington has surprised everyone after landing 1,317 punches against Bilel Jkitou at the Coventry Skydome Arena last Friday.
ANDBritish boxer Sam Eggington has surprised everyone after landing 1,317 punches against Bilel Jkitou at the Coventry Skydome Arena last Friday. The Birmingham star defended his WBC middleweight crown, wowing his promoter Mick Hennessy and the entire boxing community.
“I’ve promoted some of the best fights and the best fighters in the world and I knew it was going to be a great fight, but it eclipsed everything and it became a classic,” Hennessy said.
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Britain’s Joe Calzaghe recorded 1,006 hits in the 2006 fight against Jeff Lacy. However, Eggington has even surpassed Calzaghe’s record, averaging 109 hits per round.
Hennessy feels that promoting a pay fight in the boxing industry has become easy enough these days, but everyone should realize how important Eggington’s figure is. “We are in an era of boxers whose fights are easy to pay and are not worth that price, although broadcasters and media are more attracted to YouTubers and social media celebrities who fight each other,” said the promoter .
In this sense, he continued: “Sam is the return to an age of real fighters and has seriously been overlooked by the main stations and media.” Eggington, 27, won Friday’s fight by split decision.
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