Exclusive: Sam Sexton’s career hangs in the balance as world title fight looms; Defeat is the end of his career

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Sam Sexton’s career hangs in the balance as he is set to defend his British title against Hughie Fury this Saturday at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton, live on channel 5.

Fury is coming off the back of a world title defeat that he suffered at the hands of Joseph Parker, who recently lost his WBO title to Anthony Joshua.

The 33-year-old won the vacant British title when he defeated Scotland’s Gary Cornish in October, 2017.

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Sexton shared his ambitious plans if he should defend his title and defeat Fury in the process:

He told

“If the world title fight’s there, I’m going to take it. It’s about pushing on now and at my age. I’ve been a pro now for 13 years; a loss for me can only be retirement. The time I get to the stage where I am at now could be a long time. So, it’s all about pushing forward and I think if an opportunity for a world title came up, I’d take it.”

A loss would be devastating for Sexton’s career as it would mean retirement:

“It’s curtains, I’ll hang my gloves up. “

Sexton already has a retirement plan should he lose this Saturday:

“The obvious route is to get into the training side of things. I already train some people as it is. I like being in the gym, there’s a good atmosphere in the gym – it’s all I’ve known since the age of 11. The obvious choice for me is to get back in the gym and get training the lads.“

The current WBC champion is Deontay Wilder – Sexton shared his preferred title choice:

“My preferred choice from being a kid, I’d say would be the WBC. I know there’s a lot of world titles out there now. The WBC for me has always been the true champion. “

Sexton shared his disappointment that at this stage in his career he has yet to fight for a world title:

“Yeah, definitely [Disappointing] – I think if things could have gone a bit different in certain circumstances, that’s life, things happen which we can’t control. I’ve had quite a few setbacks in my personal life and my head wasn’t really in boxing at certain times. If things would have ran smoothly, then maybe we could have been fighting for a world title a long time ago.”

Some might say that victory against Fury isn’t enough to fight for a world title. But, Sexton believes he’s entitled to a world title shot after putting 13 years into the sport of boxing:

“I think so, why not? I’ve put the time in and I’ve been around quite a long time now. He’s just coming off a loss for the world title. He got the chance without actually winning a British title or anything like that. Why not put me in his slot? “

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