Sam Eggington made his mark upon the British 147 pound scene this evening with a superb stoppage of former Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell.
Eggington opened up round one strong catching Vassell with a few good left hooks which appeared to buzz the former British welterweight title challenger; Vassell seemed a little rigid and unsure.
Both fighters seemed tentative to engage in the second, Eggington got the better of the action with a more active jab with Vassell seemingly following his opponent around the ring waiting for a shot that wasn’t there.
Eggington had Vassell severely wobbled in the third and a barrage of around ten solid shots had the former commonwealth champion appearingly out on his feet at a number of stages during the stanza. Eggington couldn’t seem to miss as Vassell’s chin hung in the air as he continued to walk forward into a brawl that he certainly wasn’t getting the better of. At the end of the round Bob Shannon, trainer of the Manchester fighter looked close to telling his fighter enough was enough but refrained as the referee came to inspect the corner.
Vassell seemed reinvigorated by the stern words of his trainer and came out with more purpose in the fourth round meeting his opponent toe-to-toe in the middle of the ring. The problem with the former Frankie Gavin foe was that when within range his head was completely static – lots of movement on the outside but nothing inside meant Eggington could seemingly hit Vassell at will.
In a shock fifth, the tables turned and Vassell threw a barrage of punches which nearly had a Eggington submitting on the ropes, it appeared the Birmingham native was fatigued after the huge sustained attack he landed on Vassell in the third was finally catching up with him. Eggington weathered the storm but suddenly his opponent was looking the stronger.
Vassell edged the sixth with more productive pressure than his previous work in the earlier rounds. Eggington seemed to succumb to the urge to have a war with his opponent as both fighters landed big shots clean on the chin during a thirty second period mid round. Eggington’s corner urged him to box but he seemed content in fighting in the pocket with his older foe.
The seventh saw Eggington return to his boxing, catching an onrushing Vassell on the way in with a thunderous left hook on a number of occassions. Vassell seemed confident he could walk through the Birmingham man’s work, but that unfortunately wasn’t going to win him the fight.
Mid round during the eigth, Eggington had Vassell cornered and the Manchester man froze, a left and right hook followed by a barrage of straight shots had the referee diving in to stop the action as Vassell was out on his feet and the fighr was called off at 2.36 of round eight.
This was a massive victory for Sam Eggington as he moved to (12-2, 5KO’s) and ultimately a British title shot, unfortunately for Denton Vassell this is a second successive defeat and he’ll need to decide if he still has what it takes to compete at this level.