Sheedy v Cameron: Sheffield title duel will go ahead later this year

Sam Sheedy and Dennis Hobson
Sam Sheedy and Dennis Hobson
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Promoter Dennis Hobson insists that Sam Sheedy’s Commonwealth title defence against Sheffield compatriot Liam Cameron will take place in September or October.

The middleweight contest was initally planned for Ponds Forge on July 29, but a Sheedy training injury saw him pull out.

Despite the postponement of the bill-topping encounter, the scheduled show will still go ahead as planned.

The bill includes Cameron in a tune-up and Sam O’maison, Loua Nassa, Joss Paul and Tommy Frank. Also on the show are Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri, Dronfield’s Rod Smith and Doncaster’s Kyle Fox.

“Sheedy’s pulled out with an injury,” confirmed Hobson. “We’re still waiting for the medical report, but it’s a muscular injury and he’s taking the doctor’s advice not to fight. So, Sam’s out but the fight is contracted and will now take place after the injury has cleared up.

“We looked at a ‘Plan B’ to see if we could make Nav versus Liam, as Nav is also appearing on the bill.

“We’ve offered these types of fights to the likes of Adam Etches and Lewis Taylor before but they’ve refused, so we thought we could make Nav v Liam, if Sam would relinquish the belt and then fight the winner.

“We looked at making that happen but Nav’s people didn’t want to take the chance because he’s just coming back from injury.

“Sam’s withdrawal is disappointing but injuries happen and the show is still going ahead.

“There are 12 fights on the card and Liam will fight in an eight-rounder. O’Maison will fight for a belt, as will Nassa, so those two will now be top of the bill. It will still be a good show, it’s a shame the original headliner has fallen through, but it’s still a big card and plenty of entertainment for everybody.”

Meanwhile, Kell Brook says he will fight again this year.

After a successful operation on his fractured right eye socket, an injury sustained in his loss to Errol Spence Jr, he said: “I spoke to the surgeon and he said that the operation was a big success and simpler than the last one,” said Brook. “It took half the time of the first one and there’s very little swelling and it looks great. The last scan I had revealed that the healing has started really well and the bone already looks strong so I expect to make a full recovery and I want to fight again in 2017.

“I was bitterly disappointed by the loss at Bramall Lane. Losing my belt was gutting but I’m glad I accepted to fight Spence and help be part of an event that Sheffield will remember and be proud of.

“I still feel that I have a massive future in the sport. I will talk to my team in the coming weeks about what we can do next and I am looking to get back into camp this summer.”

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