Sam Eggington has stepped in to face Brandon Cook next Saturday on the Whyte-Parker card in London, replacing injured Kell Brook in the matchup.
Eggington (23-4, 15 KO) is trying to rebuild his career at 154 pounds, winning his first two fights at the weight this year after losing his European welterweight title to Mohamed Mimoune last October. The 24-year-old still has a lot of career ahead of him, and the move up in weight may reinvigorate him, avoiding the harsh cut to 147.
Eggington is probably still best known for his 2017 knockout of Paulie Malignaggi, in what turned out to be the final fight of Malignaggi’s career. He won the European title from Ceferino Rodriguez in his next fight, and lost it in his first defense.
Cook (20-1, 13 KO) is an untested Canadian, a 32-year-old with a TKO loss to Kanat Islam in his one real test. He’s won two straight since that defeat, and the chance to upset Brook was a big one. Even with the change in opponent, this is still a big opportunity for him.