Sam Sexton won the British title at his third attempt against Gary Cornish at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh. The 33-year-old won the fight on points to be crowned British champion.
Sexton first fought for the title in 2010 against, Dereck Chisora. Sexton lost the fight by TKO in round nine.
Another chance to fight for the British title came in 2012 against Liverpool’s David Price. Sexton went on to lose the fight when he was KO’d in round four.
Victory against ‘The Highlander’ crowned Sam Sexton the new British heavyweight champion. Sexton revealed he was close to retirement prior to the Cornish fight.
He told Ringnews24.com:
“I did, yeah [retirement]. Just literally months before the Cornish fight I said to my trainer: ‘that’s it.’ Nothing was happening in the gym at the time and I had a bad injury. I kind of lost my enthusiasm for boxing and he [Trainer, Graham Everett] just pulled me through and said: ‘stick with it, something will come up soon’ and it did. The Cornish fight came up and we took it.”
Sexton was the proud owner of the Lonsdale belt and he shared what it meant to him:
”It’s brilliant [winning title] – I’ve been through a lot to get there really. Two years before I thought maybe I wouldn’t box anymore. I was out with a bad injury and my trainer pulled me through and said you know this is coming up. Once you win the British title you’re back on the scene. So, I pushed myself and I got it done. “
Sexton lost his mother, but he managed to fulfil a promise he made to her:
“I promised my late mother that I’d do it for her and I told her I’d take the belt to her grave the next day and I did. I kept my promise and it was a bit emotional at the end really. “
Ringnews24 would like to offer it’s condolences to Sam Sexton and the Sexton family on the passing of his mother.