POPULAR light welterweight Sammy Hill insists that extraordinary circumstances were to blame for his surprise defeat to Lee Quinn on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old from Symington, nicknamed “The Bull”, suffered what many people considered to be a controversial decision at the SECC in Glasgow as Welshman Quinn won with a score of 39-38 from referee Kenny Pringle.
However, it was Hill who was the aggressor during the contest, pinning Quinn on the back foot but unable to get enough clean punches through. Quinn took advantage of this and caught Hill on the inside with left and right hooks.
When Quinn’s hand was raised in victory, a large number of the crowd vented their anger at the decision. However, Hill himself was not up in arms about the decision and admitted that it was nowhere near his best performance.
He said: “I felt as though the fight didn’t go the way it should have, I know in the gym I’m a high pressure, strong as a bull type of fighter who comes forward and bullies my opponent.
“I Snapped my MCL in my knee nine weeks ago which is still damaged, hence the knee support during the fight, my wife and I have also just had a baby boy a week before fight night, who has had me up five to six times every night.
“Based on that, the fight was more against myself than my opponent. On a good day with no injuries I’d have beaten him no problem at all.
The colourful and ever entertaining Hill also insisted that no matter what went on in his personal life before the fight, he never considered pulling out.
He added: “I work full-time Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm in construction, laying slabs, concrete, monoblock, digging holes by hand all day rain, snow or sun it doesn’t matter.
“I get up at 5:30am for a run, home after six showered and go to work at 7:30. I get home at five and need to head to the gym for six until 8pm. I have rent, car, insurance, phone bills, gas, electricity, a wife, two dogs and a newborn baby to take care of it’s not easy for me and with all that and my injury’s I didn’t give myself much of a chance. Bnever thought of pulling out because ‘The Bull’ is always up for a fight.
“I definitely need a good rest, my knee is not right and I have a slight fracture in my left hand from March. I have the little man to take care of just now and I need to change my whole life now and until I do I don’t know how or when to fit my training in.
“Hopefully ‘The Bull’ will be back asap as I believe I’m one of the most exciting fighters to watch, none of this tip-tap, run away boxing from me, I’m all action!”
Hill also praised fellow gym mate Ryan Collins who defeated Ben Morrish with a second round stoppage on the same night.
He said: “I’ve been training at the Irvine Vineburgh Gym for the last year and a bit now and Ryan has been in there almost every night.
“He trains well and is a very dedicated young man, he has power and work rate and in the pro game that’s further than what skill alone will get you. Hopefully Ryan goes on to big things as I think he deserves it and he will.”