As Sam Eggington prepares to defend his first IBO middleweight title, he will have a familiar face in his corner: legendary Australian boxing coach Johnny Lewis.

The potential partnership came about thanks to Lewis’ previous experience with the Brummies, with the Australian working with Jimmy Reynolds throughout the 1990s.

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And Lewis believes that the people who are ready to watch the fight of Egginton (32-7, 18KO) against the Australian Irishman Dennis Hogan (30-4, 7KO) at the Newcastle Entertainment Center are in for a real treat.

“People are going to love him,” Lewis said foxsports.com.au.

“If you’re going to pay for it, you’re going to get your money’s worth. He (Eggington) is one of those guys.”

Although Lewis and Eggington have had limited time together since the Briton landed in Australia last Monday, the two have worked on minor adjustments to help him leave the country with the belt.

It has Lewis, who has coached Australian greats such as Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tsiu, and believes Eggington has devised the perfect game plan.

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“Dennis likes to hold and hit,” Lewis said.

“We’re just going to have to deal with it. When he comes to it, we’re going to have to make him pay for it. And this kid can definitely start bringing them up from the middle.”

Admittedly, the alliance between Lewis and Eggington was one that the latter did not expect.

In fact, at first the 28-year-old had no idea who Lewis was or his place in the sport on Australian shores.

“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know anything about boxing in Australia,” Eggington said.

“My coach did it and they said it was a good thing to have and I thought it was great.”

In the sessions they did together, Eggington revealed that Lewis only offered “little” tips and suggested “little ways” to beat Hogan on Saturday night.

It’s all to help Eggington feel at home in a place just 24 hours’ flight from Birmingham.

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“It’s nice to have his support,” Eggington said.

“He’s a famous face, I guess, Hall of Fame. It’s nice to have that support from someone in Australia, let alone someone of his stature.”

The partnership will all lead to Eggington’s hand being raised on Saturday night.

But it won’t be a walk in the park by any means against Hogan, who is fighting for a world title for the fourth time in his career.

A loss for Hogan is all but certain to bring the curtain down on his career, so Eggington should be the man to retire the 37-year-old if he is to keep his belt.

However, ending Hogan’s career is the last thing on Eggington’s mind.

“Every fight is the same for me,” Eggington said.

“Whether he’s 37 years old and this is his last attempt, or he’s 28 years old and it’s his first time for the title.

“I don’t overthink things. In boxing, we go into the ring and fight it out for more than 12 rounds. It’s very simple. You overthink things and it starts to get complicated.

“This is a simple sport. Two people enter, one person wins.”



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