After being dropped twice in the first two rounds, for the first time in his professional career, Maxwell came back to win in emphatic style
On Saturday 23rd March 2019, Sam Maxwell faced Sabri Sediri (a last minute replacement for Kelvin Dotel) at Morningside Arena, Leicester. This was to be Super Sam’s debut televised bout and he certainly kept the crowd and the thousands watching on the television entertained.
The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds, with the winner holding the vacant WBO European Super Lightweight belt, a certain step up for both Maxwell and Sediri.
Maxwell started well and seemed to be in control of the bout in the first round, but Sediri’s unorthodox boxing style caught him unawares and meant he fell to the canvas for the first time in his professional career. Maxwell managed to compose himself and see out the first round, if a little shaken by the shock of being downed in the first round.
During the second round, Maxwell seemed to regain control and was putting Sediri under pressure, before being caught again with another surprise shot. The second time Maxwell has ever hit the canvas during his professional career and both coming within the first two rounds of the fight. Maxwell regained his feet and saw out the second round.
The rest of the fight saw Maxwell controlling the tempo and reverting to the basics of boxing, ensuring he doesn’t get caught with anymore unexpected shots. The judges scored each round in his favour from then on and he was due to win on points.
However, in true “Rocky” fashion, in the tenth round, Maxwell was caught with another dangerous shot and was wobbled. Sediri didn’t capitalise and proceeded to taunt and cajole him for the rest of the round, until 15 seconds was left on the clock and Super Sam connected with a quick 1-2, securing a dramatic and historic win by knockout.
See blow for the dramatic end to the fight:
These are the moments that boxing fans around the world love and Maxwell brought one of them during his televised debut, securing his first international belt in the process.
Here at Britannia Fleet we can’t be any prouder sponsors if we tried and were with Sam throughout the whole of the rollercoaster fight.
Congratulations Sam and we look forward to your next fight, onwards and upwards is the only way for such talent.