Sexton off to a Blind Date with the Klitschkos

Sam Sexton at the Kick Stop gym in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Sam Sexton at the Kick Stop gym in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2012

City heavyweight Sam Sexton is heading into unknown territory this weekend, hoping that three weeks in the mountains of Austria with one of the world's leading boxing clans will propel him back into the spotlight on home shores.

Sexton has been recruited by the Klitschko brothers to help with Vladimir's preparations for his world title fight against Alexander Povetkin.

And the 29-year-old former Commonwealth champion is hoping a successful training camp with the Ukrainians will help push his claims for a shot at the British title, currently held by David Price.

'Hopefully I will impress and raise my profile,' said Sexton. 'I don't want to become a forgotten man, and I don't deserve that, but sometimes it can feel that way. Since I lost to Price I have had three 'comeback' wins, if you like, and I am more than ready to step into the ring again.

'I've been on the back burner for a little while, and I am not the type to go bad-mouthing everyone just to get my name in the headlines. Perhaps I need to do that, but I just concentrate on my work and my fighting.

'There are a couple of things being talked about and there might be something good in October - we will just have to wait and see.'

Sexton isn't quite sure what to expect when he meets up with the Klitschko camp.

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'All I really know is that I am flying to Munich airport where I will be met and then they will drive me into Austria,' he said. 'I'm told it's a camp up in the mountains and that I will be sparring as well as training with them.

'It's a bit like a boxing Blind Date in a way – but it's all about the work and me making my mark. I am prepared for three weeks of solitude, away from everything – and reaping the reward when I get back.'