Jamie Sampson has two very good reasons for developing his ring career - he has just become father to twin girls.
The Parson Cross lightweight is protecting an unbeaten eight fight record but isn’t currently attached to a professional gym.
However, the birth of Lola and Dollie has made it more important that he attracts some well-paid bouts.
Sampson, trained by his father Roger (pro boxer, 1997-2004) and promoted by Dennis Hobson, said: “The twins make me want to succeed even more than before. I have been busy since their arrival but hope to have a six three minute rounder soon and then hopefully get a Central Area title fight or an eliminator for the English title.”
Sampson, 22, has boxed twice this year, his last victim being Lee Connelly. He beat the Killamarsh rival on points in May. Connelly has been granted the chance to make a name for himself though - he faces Luke Campbell, the gold medal winner, nex month.
Kid Galahad, the title hunting superbantamweight at the Ingle gym, is an admirer of Connelly’s courage and believes a shock win for him is not out of the question. But southpaw Sampson disagrees. “Connelly is a strong kid but when but I had too much skill for him. I can’t seen anything happen other than it going in Campbell’s favour.”