Channel 5 will host some potentially explosive Friday night action when Abass Baraou battles Sam Eggington on March 1st in Telford, England.
Germany’s Baraou (14-1, 9 KO) enjoyed a sterling amateur career before turning pro in 2018. His lone defeat came against countryman Jack Culcay in what was by all accounts both a terrific scrap and a bogus decision. He’s 5-0 since, most recently beating Hugo Noriega last month in his Stateside debut, but now faces his stiffest test since Culcay.
Smethwick’s Eggington (34-8, 20 KO) has long been one of Britain’s most consistent action fighters, and though he’s taken his share of licks throughout the years, he proved he’s still a menace last May by beating down the undefeated Joe Pigford.
“Winning the prestigious European title on March 1 will be a major step on my mission to becoming a world champion and I plan on putting on a performance that sends out a statement to rest of the division.
“Everyone in boxing knows that Sam Eggington is a warrior and has been in some great fights in his career, and our clash of styles will make for another thriller but make no mistake, I will emerge victorious.”
Sam Eggington said: “March 1 in Telford is the night I write the next chapter in my crazy boxing story. My fans will pack out the arena and roar me on to become a two-weight European champion.
“I always deliver must-see fights, I have done so all of my career, but this one against Baraou could be the best yet. Whether you’re at ringside or watching live on Channel 5, you’re in for one hell of a fight.
“Baraou may have international amateur medals, just like Frankie Gavin did when we fought, but he has never faced a fighter like me, over 12 gruelling rounds, where I don’t let him breathe for a second.”