Sheffield boxer is oldest swinger in town

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Dave Fidler is the oldest swinger in town.

Two years ago, the Sheffield southpaw turned professional at the grand old age of 33. Now he is closing on his 10th pro fight - and looking to protect a 100% record.

Dave Filder: boxer. Pic by Bob Westerdale

Dave Filder: boxer. Pic by Bob Westerdale

Fidler, now aged 35, believes he is the oldest ‘ranked’ light middleweight in the country - and relishes that distinction, despite leaving it late to join the paid ranks.

But it’s a busy life, considering he is married, has two daughters aged 11 and nine, and works full time as a factory supervisor in Wath Upon Dearne.

Fidler, talking on video on thestar.co.uk claims Sheffield Boxing Centre owner Glyn Rhodes had “hounded” him into turning pro.

“I have been training since I was 19. I had always toyed with the idea, I got to 28 or 29 but bottled it every time.

“It was an ongoing joke that Fidler would go missing for six months, then he’ll put two stones on, go on a beer trail and come back for fitness. Now, to the best of my knowledge, I am the older ‘ranked’ light middleweight in the country.

“It is a good feeling but I don’t think about it too much, age is just a number. I feel fresh and fit. I am one of the fittest lads in the gym.”

Fidler, who expects to sell 150 tickets for his fight Concord Sports Centre on September 21, had an eleven amateur fights, record, winning nine, stopping seven of those.

“It is a dream how far I have got to now, to get a title, away from home (British Masters at Barnsley Metrodome, last December) against a fancied young Matthew ‘Buster’ Mallin.”

Fidler says his age makes him a unique proposition in the sport, locally.

“People look up to me and follow me, I turned pro at 33 which is a bit of a selling point, not many people have done that.”

He said his friend Ryan Rhodes had been a big inspiration, as had Paul ‘Silky’ Jones.

“I turned pro to prove to myself I could do it, now I am nine fights undefeated, and I can’t believe it me’sen!”