Eggington vs Malignaggi set for March 4th

Sam Eggington

WBC International welterweight champion, Sam Eggington, will defend his title against former, two-weight world champion, Paulie Malignaggi at the O2 Arena on Saturday 4th March.

Eggington claimed his crown last October, stopping Frankie Gavin in the eighth round of their contest in Birmingham.He’s is certainly pumped up for this clash with Malignaggi and hopes it can help catapult him into world title contention.

“This is the big name and big card that I’ve wanted for some time,” said Eggington. “I’ve asked for these sorts of fights for a while, I got Frankie and now I’ve got Paulie. He’s going to be the biggest name on my record, you just have to look at what he’s won and who he has boxed to see that, but I have asked to fight him for a while now and I am confident that I can beat him, and beating him is a big scalp on my record and it puts me in that World bracket which is where I want to be.

“He’s good at what he does, he is a bit like Frankie really and fighting him has put me in good stead for this one, he’s not the biggest puncher and he’s smaller than Frankie, but he’s won World titles and been in with everyone.

“Paulie’s been at World-level for so long that he’s got all the tricks and probably got more to pull out on the night, so I know it’s going to be a big test and it’s one that I’m going to rise to. This could have been a fight without a title, Paulie is the man I want to beat – that name on the record will make people stand up and take notice and will make a splash in the US too. It’s a fantastic box office bill and I’ve never been on a bill of this scale so it’s really exciting for me.”

Malignaggi, who held titles at super lightweight and welterweight, holds not only a comprehensive resume but also, like Eggington, the desire to return to world level competition.

“I am excited as ever to once again return to the UK and fight in front of the most passionate fans in the world,”
said Malignaggi. “I know Eggington is young and hungry but my experience and craftiness will be too much for him to overcome.”

Promoter, Eddie Hearn, feels this clash is the perfect way for Eggington to make his name as a world-class welterweight.

“What a fight this is and what an opportunity for Sam Eggington,”
said, Hearn. “Paulie Malignaggi is one of the biggest names and personalities in the sport and still remains full of skill, heart and desire.

“Sam has consistently provided fight fans with entertainment and after his fight of the year contender with Frankie Gavin, this is an incredible opportunity to announce himself on the world stage. March 4 is going to be an incredible night at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.”

Eggington’s clash with Malignaggi takes place on the undercard of David Haye and Tony Bellew’s Heavyweight grudge match. Ohara Davies and Derry Mathews will also meet to settle their war of words with the WBC Silver lightweight title up for grabs.

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