Norwich boxer Sam Sexton lined up to face Dillian Whyte for British heavyweight title
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Norwich boxer Sam Sexton looks likely to fight for the coveted British heavyweight title later this year.
Sam Sexton is playing a waiting game to see if he has earned himself a coveted shot at the British heavyweight title.
The 31-year-old Norwich boxer looks likely to fight Dillian Whyte later this year - but while the clash has been ordered by the British Board of Control it needs a promoter to sort out the financial details.
It is understood Eddie Hearn is putting together a package that would suit both parties.
'We have just been informed of the fight,' said trainer Graham Everett. 'We are all really, really happy with that.
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'Sam will be boxing on July 15 at our show in Norwich and we go from there. I would say the British title fight will be September or October time.
'It is just a case of getting the confirmation now.'
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Whyte - last in action in December when he rocked heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua before being knocked out in the seventh round – was widely expected to be facing Dave Allen for the British crown, but the BBBC preferred Sexton.
Whyte has already kicked off the expected mud-slinging from his camp, telling Sky Sports: 'Sam Sexton is alright. I've known him for a while and I've seen him get knocked out in training camp a few times. I've seen him getting beaten up by Dereck Chisora, David Price and other British guys.
'He's better than Dave Allen in that he's been a Commonwealth champion. Allen was ready to step up and fight because he's young, ambitious and would have come to fight.'
Sexton has had two attempts to win the British title – he lost to Dereck Chisora in September, 2010 and then to David Price in May, 20120.
Since that Price defeat, Sexton has put together a seven-fight winning run, although his progress had been halted by an 18-month ring absence due to a back injury.
For Sexton it is reward for the hard graft put in at Norwich's Kickstop Gym.
'It is the British title, that is what I want, what I have always wanted,' said Sexton. 'We have been ticking along nicely, we just needed that big fight and it is now paying off.'