Friday, 6 October 2017
33 year old Sam Sexton grabs vacant British heavyweight title with unanimous victory over Gary Cornish.
33 year old Sam Sexton fulfilled a life long ambition tonight in the relative twilight of his career by outpointing Scottish behemoth Gary Cornish 24-1 (12 Ko's) for the vacant British Heavyweight title at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Scotland.. The Norwich man was coming off a year long layoff but maintained his 8 fight winning streak with the victory a run going as far back as 2012 and his loss to David price in a previous challenge for this title, the other being a loss to Derrick Chisora 2 years earlier.. Sexton 23-3 (9 Ko's) didn't allow the height disadvantage to deter him, using clever counterpunches to pinch rounds throughout a generally ugly contest.. Cornish showed flashes of talent in the early rounds but faded as the wiser old campaigner out-hustled him. Cornish landed heavy artillery in spots but was unable to capitalise, suffering a cut eye from a head clash and a damaged nose, both early in the contest... Neither fighter took any chances in the final session, letting the leather fly, with Cornish enjoying his best success of the night in the final moments.. The victory was never really in doubt, Unanimously by scores of 114-116, 113-116, 114-115..
This is a career highlight for Sexton who did previously manage to pick up the Commonwealth title in 2009, as a springboard from his 2008 prizefighter Championship success, beating and defending against tough Martin Rogan.
Cornish's only other blemish was a stoppage loss to the now unified world champion Anthony Joshua in 2015.