WBC International welterweight champion, Sam Eggington, is hoping that a win against Paulie Malignaggi at The O2 in London on March 4th will help boost his profile in the welterweight division.
Eggington will make the first defence of his title against Malignaggi, in what is undoubtedly his toughest test to date and a must win if Eggington wants to look for huge fights in the future.
Malignaggi, will, of course, be keen to derail Eggington’s plans and with his pedigree, he has all the skills necessary to claim victory on March 4th.
Eggington is well aware of the threat Malignaggi still poses, but he is undeterred and keen to add Malignaggi’s name to his resume.
“I’ve taken every chance that’s been put in front of me with both hands and this is no different,” said Eggington. “Paulie brings so much to the table – he’s got pedigree, he brings a US TV audience and that means that my profile can go through the roof with a win.
“I want to make as much money for my family from the sport as possible, nothing has changed from that being the aim when I was just looking to be a journeyman. But I do have my goals in the sport, I’m mandatory for the European title and if I can win that, the sky is the limit, everyone knows I’ll take any fight with both hands and as European champion, those fights would be big fights.
“Success breeds success in big cities, we’re all doing well. The Yafai brothers, in general, are doing massive things and I’m putting in as much work as possible into succeeding. I’d love to follow Kal’s example and bring big shows to the city. I’m learning all the time and as long as I keep winning I believe I am capable of doing that.”
Eggington vs. Malignaggi features on an action packed undercard, which is headlined by David Haye vs. Tony Bellew. Also on the undercard, Ohara Davies defends WBC Silver Lightweight title against Derry Mathews and Katie Taylor contests her third professional contest.