Sam Eggington: World glory wasn’t part of the long term plan
The Stourbridge boxer landed the IBO super-welterweight title with an entertaining points victory over the Pole at Coventry’s Skydome on Saturday night.
Eggington’s class was on show in the opening rounds but the tough Zysk, who entered undefeated undefeated from 18 contests, shows he was made of hard stuff by taking no end of blows to stay the distance.
Eventually Eggington was unanimous points victor, taking the cards 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111 to become the first Black Country to win a world title since fellow Stourbridge boxer Rob Norton claimed the WBU cruiserweight belt in 1999.
When quizzed at what came next, he said: “I don’t know, every time we’ve won, from the Midlands title, before the GB camp, before the promoters, it was all bonuses.
“To catch the title we’ve got and to be here with this one, none of this was planned so I can’t say what’s next because we didn’t know this was going to happen.”
‘The Savage’ has now fought back from 2020’s controversial points defeat to Ted Cheeseman with four straight wins and gave a typically dogged, warrior-like performance on what some had billed may be a more straight-forward evening.
He added: “It weren’t one-sided but I felt like when I hit him he was going and when he was giving me his best shot it wasn’t really doing much.
“I know I got him a few times and he went a bit and the corner was telling me in the first round I went wild a few times and I didn’t have to. It stored me up for the middle rounds.
On several occasions between rounds one and four it appeared a blooded Zysk may be stopped but the opponent made it through as Eggington, 28, began to work the jab.
Zysk took more blows but, in the latter stages it became clear the contest would be settled on points.
“Whatever the offer he’s not going to say no. I might – but he’s not going to.”