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Sam Eggington puts in punishing display in sixth round TKO of Ashley Thoephane

Sam Eggington returned to winning ways against Ashley Thoephane, putting on a punishing display with a sixth round TKO over the 40-year-old veteran.

Eggington, returning to the ring following the loss of his IBF International light-middleweight title in August, despatched Thoephane in style - ending the fight in the sixth round following a huge body shot.

The Birmingham-born fighter was on the front foot from the opening bell, landing multiple shots against his 13-year senior.

Eggington forced Theophane into a count in the second, but whilst the veteran tried to respond with shots of his own - they had little effect on the 27-year-old, who continued with his strong showing through the following rounds.

Following his vow to stop Theophane before the final bell, Eggington held firm to his word, with a powerhouse right to the body ending any hope for his opponent.

Theophane survived the initial count, but despite rising to his feet - the referee waved off the contest to grant Eggington his 29th professional victory.

Eggington will now hope to secure a chance at reclaiming his former title, claiming he was happy to take on Ted Cheeseman 'in his back garden' if that's what it would take.

"Back in August I felt I was hard done by, so I needed to come back with a good win and prove my point." Eggington said following his victory.

"As soon as we knew we were fighting Ashley, we knew he was tricky and hard to hit, so you go for the bigger target (the body). He is really good at tucking up, so they were hard to get through, but the ones that did get through I could feel were working.

"I’m quite happy to fight Ted Cheeseman in his back garden. I feel like I won the first fight, so why wouldn’t I go anywhere and box hm again? I’m not chasing anyone. I am quite happy to push on with my career without following people about and that has worked for me as of now."

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