Sam Eggington fights in Florence against local contender Orlando Fiordigiglio on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports Action at 8pm.

The IBF international super-welterweight title is up for grabs meaning victory for Eggington could propel him towards a world championship fight that looked impossible earlier this year.

Birmingham’s Eggington, feted for his toughness and entertaining fights, lost comprehensively to Liam Smith in March. It was Eggington’s sixth loss and, factoring in the brutality of the five-round stoppage defeat to Smith, questions were asked about whether he would box again at all.

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He has since won a four-rounder and a six-rounder but tonight he takes on a significantly bigger challenge on Fiordigiglio’s home turf.

It will surely be the last roll of the dice for Eggington, the former British and European champion.

Fiordigiglio is the IBF’s No 5-ranked super-welterweight. The title is held by Julian Williams, who upset Jarrett Hurd to become champion.