Ashley Sexton lays out world bantamweight title hopes

Ashley Sexton

Former English flyweight champion Ashley Sexton hopes to line up a world title bout by winning the European bantamweight championship next month.

The 25-year-old will face Stephane Jamoye for the title in the Belgian's home country.

"When I win this I will be in the top 15 or 12 in the world," the Cheshunt fighter told BBC East Sport.

"So there's no reason why I can't go and fight one of the other guys for a world title."

Sexton, who carries a professional record of 14 wins, one loss and two draws, believes box office matches against Mexico's IBF champion Leo Santa Cruz or Japanese WBA title holder Koki Kameda are within his reach.

"Either of them. I'm not really too fussed," said Sexton.

"They would be the only ones I'd get to because the other top two (Pungluang Sor Singyu and Shinsuke Yamanaka) are being lined up to fight each other."

Sexton rose to prominence in 2010 when, fighting at flyweight, he knocked out Usman Ahmed in the first round to win the English title.

The right-hander has failed to match the subsequent hype that surrounded him and has moved up through the weights, but suffered his maiden professional defeat in a points decision against Paul Butler last year.

Sexton felt he edged that fight, but now has an opportunity to prove his worth when he faces 23-year-old Jamoye (won 24, lost three) on 9 March.

"I got to the point where I was thinking 'is there any point in me boxing any more?' because I had stalled," he said.

"I knew my luck was going to change. Sometimes you need a bit of luck. That's what's happened with this title fight.

"Nobody else wanted to fight him. He had just beaten Lee Haskins, who is quite a big name over here. I was like, 'yeah, I'll fight him'.

"I know that I'm a world class fighter. I know what I can do. I know where I should be. If I can't do it now, when will I do it?"

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