With a return of crowds to Hennessy Sports Shows, Sam Eggington (30-7-0) rounded off the night with an emphatic bout by delivering a unanimous points win over Carlos Molina (37-12-2) to be crowned the new WBC Silver Middleweight Champion.
The Coventry Skydome Arena welcomed back fans to host the vacant WBC Silver Title match up between ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington and Mexico’s Carlos Molina on Saturday. Sam faced a tough challenge as he stepped into a new division against Molina who had never been stopped inside 12 rounds before.
Eggington started the bout on top with a strong opening round surprising Molina early on, looking to be the first man to stop the Mexican in 12 rounds. The second round saw Molina bounce back with some good shots, however Eggington regained confidence in the third, hurting the former IBF Welterweight Champion in the process.
Eggington narrowly continued in his stride in the following two rounds, with a comfortable but cautious display heading into the sixth round. Molina came back in the sixth, warning Eggington of his danger through his experience but the 27-year-old took control in the seventh and eighth showing his youth getting the better of Molina’s experienced ways as he picked clever shots and kept Molina back.
It was clear the Mexican was not going to allow Eggington an opening for a stoppage, as he attempted to take advantage when Sam would hesitate in any swings. In the final rounds, Molina knew he needed to hurt ‘The Savage’ to shift the favour of the fight and caught Eggington with a strong right hook in the final round. It was too little, too late, however for Molina, as Sam saw out the championship rounds in a professional manner, keeping his range and not letting Molina take advantage.
Eggington finished well to pick up his 30th win as a professional, with the judges scoring the bout 116-112, 119-109 and 117-111. Sam claimed the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight Title in what was said to possibly be the most impressive display of his career so far over a tough, experienced opponent in Molina.
Sam celebrated his title win with family and friends in the crowd, but where does the victory lead Sam to next? Sam told us his future plans after the bout.
‘The win really puts me up there in the WBC rankings. I know I’m getting very close to a world title shot now. I’m happy to box at middleweight or super-welter, wherever and whenever the best opportunities present themselves.’