- Fiordigiglio vs Eggington goes Thursday, September 19th at 4 PM ET
- Can Fiordigiglio maintain his hold on the gold?
- Will Eggington crack a few eggs to make an omelet on Thursday?
Fiordigiglio vs Eggington emanates from Tuscany Hall in Florence, Italy. For those wanting to watch from home, the card will be streamed live on DAZN.
The IBF International super-welterweight title is up for grabs as Fiordigiglio defends against Eggington. The ten round contest pits the 35-year-old champion against the 25-year-old who’s hungry for another international belt to add to his collection.
Fiordigiglio vs Eggington Odds
*Odds taken 09/19/19
Fiordigiglio won the title in his last outing via split decision when he beat Stephen Danyo in April. The champion returns to the same venue he captured the belt in the hopes of notching his first successful title defense.
Eggington has captured continental, international, and British titles throughout his career so far. He lost to Liam Smith earlier in the year but has rebounded since March on a two fight win streak. This will be a marked step up in competition from Eggington’s last opponent who boasted a record of 9-107-2 heading into their fight.
Fiordigiglio Makes His First Defense
The height of Eggington’s career was when he stopped Paulie Malignaggi in March 2017. Since then there seems to have been a decline and some are theorizing that Eggington’s best days are already behind him at only 25 years old.
Eggington fought once in Dublin but the rest of his career has been contested in the UK. Both men have been accustomed to home games throughout their career so far. It will be curious to see how Eggington does as the default heel considering he won his only away game via stoppage in that aforementioned Dublin fight. It’s odd that the 35-year-old is poised to keep his star rising and the 25-year-old is seen by some as the one whose best days have come and gone.
? 5 DAYS TO GO ?
? This is a make or break fight for Orlando Fiordigiglio. If he defeats Sam Eggington, he will get a big opportunity at elite level. It’s going to be a tough fight… but he can do it!@DAZN_IT @Matchroom_IT #September19 #WEAREREADY pic.twitter.com/2Jo2TrK4VU
— OPI SINCE 82 (@OpiSince82) September 14, 2019
Both men have had a similar career arc in which both tried to jump up to face those next level competitors but faltered in each of those key moments. Fiordigiglio has the slight edge in competition but both men have resumes littered with bouts on club shows with fighters sporting losing records. Fiordigiglio is ranked 73 on Box Rec but a win over Eggington here could jettison him towards the top 50.
Both men have almost the exact same pro experience and both almost have exactly the same physical frame.
Fiordigiglio vs Eggington Tale of the Tape
|Stephen Danyo, Carmelito De Jesus, Ruben Varon
|Paul Malignaggi, Ceferino Rodriguez, Frankie Gavin
Both men have a sub 60 percent KO rate so I wouldn’t bet on this fight wrapping up via stoppage. I can see the champion retaining his belt and scoring a unanimous decision win over Eggington.
Pick: Fiordigiglio (-175)