Sam moves up in weight to seek tenth win

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Sam Sheedy is moving up a weight division – and hopes to take his unbeaten record along with him.

The Sheffield Boxing Centre southpaw has won nine straight bouts, including the scalp of dangerous veteran Max Maxwell.

Sam Sheedy celebrates beating Dee Mitchell

Sam Sheedy celebrates beating Dee Mitchell

But his body and, just importantly his trainer, Glyn Rhodes, are telling him it’s time to move up six pounds, to middleweight.

Sheedy will box at Doncaster Dome on July 6, against an old foe from the unpaid ranks, York’s Harry Matthews, known as the The Pocklington Rocket.

“He has beaten me twice, in the amateurs, and I have beaten him once” Sheedy said. “So it is a bit of revenge, really. It’s my first official fight at middleweight. I can’t make 11 stone any more.”

Sheedy will now test himself against Matthews, who went the six rounds distance against Sheffield’s Liam Cameron, last time out.

The Dome is a happy hunting ground for the 25-yar-old, it was there he beat Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell, in April.

Meanwhile, Sheedy was one of several Sheffielders, who travelled to Buckingham Palace, last week, to support Rhodes after he’d received his MBE from Prince Charles.

Sheedy said the honour had brought more exposure to the Hillsborough gym, and numbers were increasing there.

Rhodes does a lot for youngsters including a class on a Saturday morning which is very popular, added the boxer.

“Thirty kids hang on his every word and that is not something you can buy. He has a presence.”

n Killamarsh lightweight Lee Connelly, outpointed 36-40 by Sean Dodd at Olympia, Liverpool on Friday will face Barnsley’s Ben Wager at Doncaster on the same bill as Sheedy. And Sheffield’s John Fewkes will take on Dale Miles, the Mansfield light welter who beat Curtis Woodhouse last year.