Rhodes wants Sheffield v Rotherham boxing derby

Sam Sheedy V Bradley Pryce
Sam Sheedy V Bradley Pryce
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Glyn Rhodes would love to see two local fighters scrapping it out for an English title at some point in 2015.

The Sheffield trainer thinks pitching his man, Sam Sheedy, against reigning light middleweight champ Nav Mansouri would be great for the city’s boxing scene.

Unbeaten Sheedy has a 14-win record and earned new fans with a defeat of Bradley Pryce in November.

Rotherham’s Mansouri won his belt back in May 2013 and has since survived two attempts by Stairfoot’s Matthew Mallin to deprive him of it.

Hillsborough-based Rhodes said: “We want a major title for Sam in 2015 and the English title would be fantastic.

“A local derby always sets the pulses racing and I could see this one doing exactly that.”

Mansouri hasn’t boxed for 11 months - but in a 16 fight history, has only been beaten on, and that was in the Prizefighter TV Tournament.

Meanwhile Rhodes said Carl Wild would be undergong another hand operation in February before returning to the ring.

He said he was still finding it difficult Serge Ambomo fights - the former Cameroon Olympian has not fought since his ill-fated knockout of Sheffield’s Jerome Wilson in September.

Wilson went into a coma after the fight but has now made a good recovery.