John A. MacDonald
At just 18, Sam Eggington found himself unemployed and with a young family to support. Having had 31 amateur bouts as a junior, he sought to earn some money in the ring. Boxing was not a career he had ever considered – amateur boxing was just a way to set himself apart from his friends. He wasn’t looking to be a champion, not even a contender. “I was a forklift driver and the only reason I turned professional was I got made redundant and I had a son,” Eggington told Boxing Monthly. “If I didn’t have a son, I probably wouldn’t have boxed because I would just have tried to find another job in the meantime. It’s a mad story. People don’t believe me when I tell them, but for me to get in to boxing was – literally – a fluke."