Sam Eggington is back in the ring for his second fight of 2021 as he defends his WBC Silver middleweight title against Bilel Jkitou at the Coventry Skydome on Friday.
Sam Eggington v Bilel Jkitou Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
In August 2020, Sam Eggington was on the verge of greatness as he headlined a Fight Camp event in Eddie Hearn’s back garden – but it didn’t go to plan.
Eggington suffered his seventh defeat as he lost on points to British rival Ted Cheeseman – losing his IBF International super welterweight title in the process.
He has gone from headlining a Sky Sports event to fighting on Friday nights live on Channel Five – now I am sure that’s not the direction he saw his career going.
Since losing to Cheeseman, he has defeated Ashley Theophane and won the vacant WBC Silver middleweight title with a points win over Carlos Molina.
Eggington has been in the ring with some quality opponents. He was beaten by Liam Smith inside five rounds back in 2019, but he does have victories over Paulie Malignaggi and Frankie Gavin on his CV.
He needs a good performance to get people remembering him once again. He cannot continue fighting on Channel Five on Friday nights – that will see his career come to an end in an instant.
Bilel Jkitou is unbeaten with six knockouts from his 15 victories. It’s an impressive record, but he is not expected to cause an upset and beat Eggington.
If Eggington was in any danger it wouldn’t be on Channel Five. I am backing the Birmingham fighter to make light work of Jkitou and have him sparked out on the canvas in the fifth round.
Sam Eggington v Bilel Jkitou Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Sam Eggington: “It was a good win against Molina, he was a credible opponent, he’d come to win. He picked the weight — we tried to get super-welter but he picked middle — and overall my performance was decent. It showed I can do a bit more than go in and go gung-ho. A lot of people think, ‘Sam will go wild, he knocks people out or loses’, but I tried to sit back and box a bit more and if it’s not really there, don’t go for it. I’m maturing now and I’m more of an all-round fighter. It’s because I’m enjoying it. I used to do it because it was work, the gym was work, and when you’re not enjoying it, it’s rare you’ll learn, things go in one ear and out the other. But when you’re enjoying it, you keep hold of stuff that you wouldn’t have kept hold of if you weren’t enjoying it. Jkitou is hungry and wants to win but he has never fought anyone even close to my calibre of fighter. That’s not being big-headed, it’s just me telling the absolute truth, but he will come and he will give it his all because he’s unbeaten. We don’t know how tough he is, he might be granite, but, then again, he might not be. Now I want to be busy and I’m definitely aiming to be out again this year. The more active I am, the better I am. Some people like the break and like to come back fresh, I prefer to stay on the bags and keep it going and I want to be back out in November, December.”
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