Boxing - Sexton returns against Olubamiwo on March 8

Fans of former Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton will get a chance to see him rematch reformed drug cheat Larry Olubamiwo at the Epic TV Centre in Norwich on March 8.

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Boxing - Sexton returns against Olubamiwo on March 8
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Hughie Fury and Sam Sexton keep busy with points wins at the Epic Centre

After the pair met back in 2012 - A technical decision win for Sexton after a cut stopped the fight in the fifth round - Olubamiwo, from Hackney, was handed a two year ban after admitting to using a concoction of performance enhancing substances. He reapplied and was given his license back early, and suffered a disappointing first round exit to American Jason Gavern in Prizefighter last year.

Olabamiwo told Boxing News: “I made my comeback in Prizefighter but anyone who reads anything into that would be very foolish. The referee got the knockdown wrong - it was definitely a slip but it was just about the money. After a long lay off I needed the money and that was what pushed me on. I had a bad cold five days before and was coughing up to the fight and I really should have pulled out - if it was any other fight I would have done - but as I say I needed the money. This time preparations have gone really well and I am fit and feeling strong and as I said really looking forward to the fight."

“I feel this is an unofficial British title eliminator fight which is what I felt last time and I was right. Sam went on to box David Price for the title. I think exactly the same is true this time, the title race is wide open and I certainly think that whoever wins our fight will go on to a British title shot. That’s how I am looking at this fight and I aim to finish our business."

Promoter Mervyn Turner said: “I am really pleased to get this fight on both boxers want to win this one as they see it as a chance to progress towards a title shot. Whilst I can’t say there is bad blood between the two Larry obviously feels hard done by with the way the decision went last time so there is a point to prove and a lot at stake. It will give the Norwich fans a real treat on the night to see this level of boxing in the City."

Since losing to David Price in May 2012, Sexton has notched up three wins against imported opposition and fights in his hometown for the fourth consecutive bout.

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