Boxing: Talks ongoing for Sam Eggington vs Antonio Margarito showdown

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Sam Eggington admits there were talks for a fight against Antonio Margarito and intends to stay in contention for a big-name bout with victory at the weekend.

‘The Savage’, now campaigning at super-welterweight, admits that the scales had become his biggest demon as his struggles to reach the 147lbs limit saw him surrender his European welterweight crown to Mohamed Mimoune back in October.

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Margarito (41-8, 27 KOs), a former welterweight world champion, has been out of the ring since winning a controversial technical decision over Carson Jones back in September of 2017. The Mexican slugger, 40-years-old, resumed his career back in 2016 after being inactive since December of 2011.

“There were big talks for the Margarito fight,” Eggington said to Sky Sports.

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“That’s obviously one I’d love and just to have your name against someone like him is quite unbelievable for me, it’s the same feeling I had when I faced Paulie Malignaggi.

“The problem is that, from what I’ve heard, it doesn’t look like it will be sanctioned in the USA because of problems he’s had. I don’t know whether different states have different rules, so we will just have to wait – I’d be all over it though! The plan for me right now is to have this upcoming fight and then a nice, big one again in Birmingham before going off to the US.”