Sexton, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, has been inactive since last March when he traveled to Leige, Belgium for a brave attempt at the European bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye. After a bright start, Sexton was stopped in the eighth round.
Sexton has had various promotional and managerial switches since he began his career back in 2008. Under the guidance of now retired Frank Maloney, he recorded a devastating first round KO over Uzman Ahmed to capture the English Flyweight title in his ninth fight.
This raised Sexton’s profile considerably. The youtube footage (see video below) clocked up an incredible amount of traffic as Uzman’s flamboyant ring entrance was soon answered by a huge right hand from Sexton that put him out cold.
Sexton went on to challenge the much more experienced Mongolian Shinny Bayaar for the British version, which ended in a split decision draw. He then signed with Hayemaker Boxing and appeared twice in Germany, the latter against Liverpudlian Mike Robinson on the David Haye v Wladimir Klitshcko undercard. The fight (a Split Decision draw) was much more entertaining than the main event, but Sexton was surplus to requirements at Hayemaker after the heavyweight ‘retired’ following the disappointing performance against Klitschko, and the outfit were unable to secure Sexton any decent fights.
He then returned to Mickey Helliet, who secured him a match with Ellesmere Port prospect Paul Butler. This was supposed to be at super flyweight, only for Sexton to come in more than 6lbs over the agreed weight of 113lbs. Butler prevailed in a close, tough contest.
Sexton, a father to five children, has suffered from bouts of depression throughout his career, highlighted by a recent article by Boxing News in which he revealed:
“I’m good. I’m better now. I don’t think I’ll ever be fully over it but I’m like everyone else. I have good days and bad days. It helps being able to talk about things.
“I want to win titles. I want to be world champion. That’s always been the goal since I was 11 years old. It’s about putting that into place now and getting those belts around my waist. I want to challenge for titles this year.
“You’ve got people like Paul Butler and Kevin Satchell tearing ahead of me. We’re all the same sort of age. Although I’ve got more experience than most of them, a couple of setbacks have put me behind and then a long wait out of the ring it’ll help me pick up some speed. But it will come. I’m fit, I’m young and healthy. I’m right in the head now so it’s just a case now of getting the fights now and doing my job.”
Steve Goodwin said: “We are excited and delighted to sign Ashley, and we aim to get him into a mandatory position to challenge for titles at super flyweight. As we work up to this, he will be competing just above at bantamweight, and the idea is to keep him active and focused.”
"There is bags of potential in Ashley, and we will do our utmost to help him realise it."
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