Former Former British, Commonwealth, European and International Champion Sam Eggington looks set to take out another undefeated fighter Bilel Jkitou on Friday at the Coventry Skydome Arena, airing live on Channel Five in the UK.
Eggington, will be defending his WBC Silver middleweight title against the French hard hitter and hopes to retain his status as a world title contender as he hopes to clinch a world title shot very soon.
Eggington will be making a return to Skydome Arena, where he easily cruised to a unanimous decision over Mexican former World Champion Carlos Molina back in May. Eggington, however has an edge over the French hard hitter due to his experience in big fights and will represent a step up for Jkitou
Jkitou has a perfect record of 15 wins and 6 Knockouts and has previously captured the WBC Mediterranean Middleweight Champion since making his debut back in 2015. He has been able to score back to back brutal knockout victories, smashed Gyorgy Mizsel in the second round in his last time out back in March. Before then, He sent Felice Moncelli to the doctors with a brutal first round knockout last year February.
Jkitou has a big name in his hometown, not just because of his boxing career but because he previously played as a striker for “Red Star” which is one of the oldest football clubs in Paris.
Eggington understands Jkitou is presently hungry and will use his ranking and what’s at stake as a motivated and that has also been his own motivation as won’t allow his hard work go in vain.
“I know that Jkitou will be coming into the ring as a hungry challenger looking to knock me out and take my crown, but there’s no way he’s going to do that,” said Eggington.
“He’ll be going all out to beat me and make a name for himself but knowing that he wants to destroy my plans makes me train harder and makes me even more determined to smash him up. There’s no way he’s beating me or taking my belt,”
“I’ve worked too long and hard in my career and I’m at the point of challenging for a World title so I cannot let all that blood, sweat and tears be for nothing,”
Jkitou praised Eggington for his skills and special qualities but also believes there are many flaws in the Birmingham fighter, whom he plans to knockout , take his belt and return to his hometown a Hero.
“I’m very confident, I feel good I’m ready all year round, it’s a big challenge to fight Sam with a good belt so I had to accept the fight,”
“He is a very good boxer with qualities and flaws, I think he has never boxed a boxer as smart as me. The tactics will make the difference in this fight.
“I think I would beat him by knockout or by stoppage in the 8th or 9th round. If he underestimates me that’s fine for me, it’s the truth in the ring,”
Eggington was outclassed by former champion and British contender Liam Smith back in 2019 and also defeated by Ted Cheeseman in Fight Camp Opener back in 2020.