Sam Sexton make it four superheroes for Norwich trainer Graham Everett
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It's been in its new home for just a few weeks, but already Norwich Pro Boxing has a new name on its honours board.
Sam Sexton's victory in Scotland over Gary Cornish made him British champion number four for trainer Graham Everett. It's apt for such a tightly-knit outfit, that working in the corner with Everett on Friday was Jon Thaxton – whose name was the first on the Everett banner. In those days they worked out of the Kickstop Gym, but home is now a former workshop on the site of the Hewett Academy, which they share with Norwich Lads Club.
'I have had four British champions now,' said Everett, matter-of-factly.
'I am really pleased with that – and every one of them is a great person as well, from Jon to Liam and Ryan Walsh and now Sam. Great people – great to work with, a privilege to work with and a privilege to know them all. And Jon working with me now is absolutely brilliant – that has probably prolonged my career for 10 years, having him alongside me.'
Everett was back at work yesterday, keeping a watchful eye on the likes of Zaiphan Morris, Craig Poxton and Nathan Dale, in between the congratulations for a job well done, and against some odds too – Sexton hadn't stepped foot in the ring in almost 15 months.
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'You have to give Sam massive credit because he has been out of that ring for a long time – even with all the sparring and everything that is a long time to be out of the ring.
'But it cannot be a concern, it mustn't be. I said to Jon all along, it is what is it and we have to do what we have to do. It is as simple as that. We have got to deal with everything – there is no warm-up fight so it is no good whingeing about it.
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'Let's get on with it, get plenty of sparring, plenty of lively young heavyweights and cruiserweights in and try and take his head off, and that's what we did. And we now have a British heavyweight champion and I am made up.'
Talk of what next is inevitable, but Everett said: 'Sam needs a little rest after that – but I am sure the phone will be red hot as from Monday so let's see where we go.'