Comeback on the cards for Norwich boxer Sam Sexton
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Sam Sexton is ready to make his long-awaited comeback on a Norwich show at St Andrew's Hall in September.
The 31-year-old will make his return to the ring on the show, promoted by Mervyn Turner, after recovering from a long-standing back injury.
Sexton, who trains at The Kickstop Gym in Norwich, hasn't fought since easily seeing off Larry Olubamiwo last August but trainer Graham Everett believes he has got potential to get back to the top of the domestic heavyweight scene.
If the comeback goes to plan on September 18, Everett sees no reason why Sexton couldn't land a shot at Anthony Joshua.
'Sam's injury-free and training really well,' said Everett. 'The thing with Sam is that he is a Championship fighter. He's only two or three fights away from being in the top three in the country again and we all know that could lead to Anthony Joshua. That's the big fight everyone does or doesn't want in some cases.'
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Sexton has won 19 of his 22 bouts in his career, only suffering defeats to Dereck Chisora (twice) and David Price. If he can stay injury-free then Everett feels there is plenty of mileage left in the former Prizefighter winner.
'He is still young at 31 – he's not a beat up fighter by any means,' added Everett. 'He's still fit enough and fast enough to have an impact. He is getting back to where he was (before the injury), if he isn't there now. When he feels good in himself then he's a very difficult man to stop. There are still plenty of doors open to him.'
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Lowestoft boxer Craig Poxton is also planning to return from injury on the same show whilst the promising Joe Hurn will also be in action.
One man who won't be on the card is Norwich welterweight Nathan Dale, who was forced to go under the knife earlier this month, on his troublesome hand problem.
'He'll be out until around February,' said Everett. 'It was a horrible operation for him to have but he was in great hands and it was important for him to get it sorted.'