BOXING: Duo straight back to gym after double-quick wins

Wayne Reed, who beat Sammy Couzens to win the British Masters Super Middleweight title, is presented with the belt by Ryan Rhodes at Ice Sheffield.
Wayne Reed, who beat Sammy Couzens to win the British Masters Super Middleweight title, is presented with the belt by Ryan Rhodes at Ice Sheffield.
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SINCE victorious duo Wayne Reed and Sam Sheedy had such an easy night’s work over the weekend, they’ll be back in the gym this morning.

Sheffield Boxing Centre pair Reed and Sheedy both saw off their opponents with rapid, first round wins at iceSheffield’s debut bill on Friday night.

Sam Sheedy, of the Sheffield Boxing Centre, who won the Central Area light middleweight title, beating Jason Ball, at Ice Sheffield.

Sam Sheedy, of the Sheffield Boxing Centre, who won the Central Area light middleweight title, beating Jason Ball, at Ice Sheffield.

Sheedy was up against Central Area champion Jason Ball at light-middleweight and dropped him with his first shot in anger, a sweet left hook to the chin.

Doncaster’s Ball got up but was pressured onto the ropes by Sheedy before the referee jumped in to award a fourth Central Area crown to the gym.

Super-middleweight Reed didn’t even afford his opponent the luxury of being able to get up. His body shot, clocked at 40 seconds, was so thunderous that Hampshire’s Sam Couzens could not elevate himself from the deck.

Their mentor Glyn Rhodes claims that both southpaws can be devastating, quick finishers although they have little time for celebration.

Sheedy faces Barnsley’s unbeaten Matthew Mallin on December 8 at the Metrodome whilst Reed goes to Bolton to face Luke Blackledge the night after - both in Central Area title defences.

“The lads were back in the gym Saturday morning with their belts and showing them to the kids which I thought was great of them,” said Rhodes.

“I didn’t see either result coming really but it shows that they’re capable of ending fights with single shots.

“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be back training Monday because they’ve got tricky fights coming up. Now we’ve got five champions in the gym, we’ve got to work hard to keep it that way.”

On the undercard, Rhodes-trained Jez Wilson snuck by Huddersfield’s Alastair Warren in a brutal middleweight encounter.

Warren’s right eye was cut badly in the first and got worse as the fight went on. The fight was stopped in the fifth but not before both parties had exchanged some hurtful shots. A re-match seems likely as the referee had it level at that stage.

A division down, Dave Fidler just came through his fight with Simone Lucas with his unbeaten record intact after being put down early.