No one fights with a smile on their face quite like Sam Sheedy.
And the Sheffield fighter will have woken up beaming on Saturday morning after his biggest win to date.
The lightning-quick light middleweight outpointed experienced former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce over eight rounds at Doncaster Racecourse on Friday night.
Throughout the fight, Sheedy’s handspeed and movement were always too much for Pryce, whose potency against decent opposition is on the wane.
The Welshman consistently looked to force Sheedy into a corner, but the Central Area champion, in the main, danced out of trouble and tagged Pryce on the way out.
Sheedy does not lack confidence and the control he found himself brought out some arrogance, seeing him drop the guard, wind shots up and taunt his opponent.
Such shenanigans will need to be tempered as Sheedy gets set for even greater steps up in class in 2015 but the entertainment value of the 26-year-old is unlikely to diminish.
In the early stages he was warned for slapping with the left hand, perhaps guilty of trying to force the issue too much when the fight was more of a toe-to-toe affair.
After three fairly even rounds, Sheedy went into the ascendancy, surging in and out of range, finding the jab and following up well with hooks.
Sheedy earned a 77-76 points verdict from referee John Latham but looked to have done enough for an even wider margin.
Just two days out from bonfire night, the rest of the local fighters provided explosive action to earn stoppage wins.
The most ferocious of the early finishes came from Fir Vale’s impressive former ABA champion Waleed Din, adding to his reputation by ending Patrick Bartos’ night early.
Flyweight Din was phenomenally fast in his second fight, nipping in and out to land hefty body shots against a seriously outclassed Czech foe.
Two and a half minutes into the first round, the 21-year-old plundered in a huge left hook to the body which hurt Bartos.
He turned towards his corner and Din pounced, sending Bartos down with a quick flurry of shots. Bartos rose and shook his head to the corner, not fancying any more and the towel was thrown in.
Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham probably did not expect his next bout would be a tune up in a small venue when he prepared to fight for the Commonwealth title.
But he went back to basics to recover from his surprise defeat to Ross Burkinshaw and got back on track with a classy stoppage of change opponent Ignat Kassai.
Cunningham worked superbly off an accurate jab, nullifying a bigger opponent and following up with strong hooks.
Cunningham came out quickly at the start of the fourth, unleashing a barrage of shots. And a hefty left hook one minute in caused referee Michael Alexander to step in and wave Kassai off.
A newly-trim Luke Crowcroft made it two for two for Doncaster stoppages as he demolishing Jamie Gelder in the first round.