Sam Sexton won the British title at his third attempt against Scotland’s Gary Cornish at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh. The 6’2 Norwich boxer won the fight on points away from home with scorecards of 114-116, 114-115 and 113-116.
Victory against ‘The Highlander’ crowned Sam Sexton the British heavyweight champion, a title he had long craved after two previous failed attempts. In his first title defence, Sam Sexton takes on Hughie Fury who controversially lost to New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in a WBO world title clash just eight months ago.
Sexton believes Fury is a good fighter and his preparations have gone to plan for his title defence.
He told Ringnews24.com:
“He’s obviously a good fighter to get where he’s got and do what he’s done. He’s an awkward fighter; he definitely has an awkward style. I can’t really pick at him too much.
“It’s just been full on [Training]. We’ve had a long training camp for this fight. Everything so far, touch wood, has gone according to plan and training’s been great, inside and outside of the ring. My home life has been good and no distractions. Yeah, I’m going into it with a clear head, knowingly that I’ve done enough.”
The Norwich fighter believes that experience is key to victory:
“What can I say without giving too much away? I’ve got a lot of experience over Hughie. I’ve been in 12 round fights before and trained for 12 round fights on a number of occasions. I’ve just got experience over him really, speed and probably power as well. “
Fury lost to Parker in his world title fight, but what did Sexton learn from the fight?
“Again, without giving too much away as you never know who is going to read these things. But, there is obviously stuff I’ve seen him do. If the same Hughie Fury [vs Joseph Parker] turns up, then things are going to go my way. I can’t say too much. “
Sexton loves being underdog and he doesn’t mind going into the fight with the underdog tag even though he is the current champion, he added:
“Everyone’s got me down as an underdog for this one, but that’s when I thrive. I love being the underdog, there’s less pressure that way. All the eyes and pressure is on Hughie Fury to do a good job after his last fight. I think I’m an underdog because he fought for a world title last time out. If they want to underestimate me, that’s fine – again, it’s an advantage to me.”