THE punchbags are taking a pounding as Sheffield prospect Sam Sheedy battles his way back to fitness from injury - ahead of his first fight in almost two years.
The 23-year-old, who trained with the England amateur team before turning professional in 2008, last fought in May 2010 but is now looking forward to a comeback bout at Don Valley Stadium.
Southpaw ‘Speedy’ had been out of the ring due to a hip injury which he feared could end his career.
He said: “The fight will be my first for 22 months and I’m buzzing.
“The atmosphere is great down in the gym because there’s a few other lads who are on the bill.
“I’ve been in almost every day over the last month and hope this will be the first of five or six fights this year.”
Before his injury, Sam had signed a five-fight deal with Hatton Promotions but only appeared in one of the bouts before he was struck down.
He hopes he will be able to resume his contract with them.
Sheedy, based at Sheffield Boxing Centre, Hillsborough, said his injury was diagnosed just before his last fight, when he found he was unable to run - vital to maintain fitness.
“It took more than a year before the problem was diagnosed - his right hip was simply not as strong as his left.
A dedicated exercise programme helped restore his strength.
Sheedy is unbeaten in four fights, having made his debut in 2008 with a second round stoppage of Russell Pearce.
In his last fight, in May 2010, he beat Midlands boxer Terry Carruthers at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.
Sheedy, who is also appealing for sponsorship, appears at a Glyn Rhodes-organised fight night at Don Valley on Friday, March 9, from 7.30pm, alongside stablemates including Carl Wild and Dave Fiddler.
Boxing’s latest champion is not content to rest on his laurels.
Kid Galahad scooped the WBC inernational superbantamweight title last weekend and is already sizing up his next trinket.
The 21-year-old Sheffielder, real name Abdul Barry Awad, outpointed Nottingham’s Jason Booth at the Magna Centre.
Now he says: “I am not satisfied with just that, of course not. I want another title as soon as I can.
“If there was a European title offered to me, that’s the one I’d most want. But obviously I’d want the British one as well.”
The latter belt is currently with Scott Quigg, 23, of Bury, who also beat Booth, last October.
Quigg, unbeaten in 24 fights, successfully defended the belt last month.
“Quigg would be a good fight. I had to chase Booth, but Quigg would come after me. He is limited, but a better fighter than Booth.”
Tickets are on sale for Liam Cameron’s clash against Tony Hill on March 3 at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.
The encounter will be part of a Sky Sports live event and on the undercard of the Jamie McDonnell v Malik Bouziane title fight.
Every ticket purchased by calling 07598 935212 also receives a special voucher for a 2 for 1 deal at G-Casino Sheffield.