First title looms for boxing bin man

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CARL WILD hopes to win his first title on Friday.

The Sheffield light heavy is fighting for the Central Area title against Doncaster’s James Tucker, an opponent he’s beaten twice already.

Wild lost a previous title fight at Don Valley (Michael Banbula; British Masters 2010) but is confident he’ll make up for it this time.

“Tucker’s been calling me out and I’d be worried if he could punch,” said Wild. “I think it’ll go the distance but I’ll breeze it on points. I’ll box his head off.”

Also on Friday’s Glyn Rhodes bill is Sam Sheedy, who hopes to maintain his unbeaten record in his first match for almost two years.

A hip problem meant Sheedy hasn’t fought since 2010, but the Sheffield Wednesday fan still has the desire to make a name for himself.

“I’ve trained harder than ever so I’ve got no excuses,” he said. “At the end of the year, I’ll hopefully still be unbeaten and in English title contention. That’s where I want to be.” His resolve to prepare properly means he hasn’t had a drink in nine weeks, and even missed the last Steel City derby so he didn’t give into temptation. It will be Sheedy’s first fight at middleweight Dave Fiddler will be appear in his third professional fight.

Fiddler didn’t make his pro debut until he was 32, but the factory supervisor is unbeaten and looking to continue making progress on the bill. “I’m 33 now and if I can get an area title shot, that’ll be my world title.”