Patient Sexton plays waiting game as Whyte drags his feet over British heavyweight clash

Sam Sexton applauds his home fans after stopping Hari Miles at The Halls in his fight. Photo: Jerry

Sam Sexton applauds his home fans after stopping Hari Miles at The Halls in his fight. Photo: Jerry Daws / - Credit: Jerry Daws/stillfocused

Sam Sexton will make an unexpected return to the Norwich boxing ring next month as he awaits news of his proposed British heavyweight title challenge.

The Norwich boxer has been lined up by the British Boxing Board of Control to face Dillian Whyte, who won an 'eliminator' for a shot at the vacant crown when he beat Dave Allen.

However, there are suggestions Whyte is dragging his feet over the Sexton fight – the date and venue for which has yet to be announced – and there is already a social media row brewing between the pair.

Turner is the boss of Shamrock Promotions who, with Sexton's trainer Graham Everett, has helped bring regular boxing shows back to Norwich with a series of successful shows in recent years.

And he has pencilled in Sexton for the September 16 bill at the Halls in Norwich to ensure the fighter is kept ring-ready.

'It's a bit unexpected, to be honest,' said Turner. 'We are getting the feeling Whyte doesn't want the fight, and he's entitled to turn it down.

'Until then, it is a bit up in the air, which is difficult for Sam really.

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'To get to the point where we are now has already taken a lot of work – these fights don't just happen and it is one of those where you just have to be patient.

'But if Dillian Whyte doesn't take this fight then he should go his own way and Sam should get a British title fight against someone else. It's as simple as that.

'It is a bit unnecessary, but we just need to keep Sam busy, which is why he will fight at our next show. He has had some tough fights recently but he is in great form – we haven't given him any 'safe jobs'.'

Unbeaten Norwich light-welterweight Nathan Dale continues his comeback with Turner hoping to line up an English title eliminator.