Trainer Glyn Rhodes says Sam Sheedy has got some catching up to do if he is to get to the level of the great Sheffield fighters on show at the moment.
But the believes the 27-year-old is perfectly placed - he is number four in the country - to start climbing higher up the rankings.
Much of the spotlight goes locally to the likes of Kell Brook, Barry Awad, Adam Etches and Ross Burkinshaw. “Sam is not at the level of them and I don’t want him to think he is at that level” admitted the Hillsborough trainer. “That’s not the say that in time he won’t be. I don’t want too step him up too soon and get beat. I am happy at this stage to be in Commonwealth eliminator (level) doing 10 rounds. You can’t buy experience. I want him to stay under the radar and come along as he is doing.”
Sheedy recorded points wins over Bradley Pryce (eight rounds)and Geoprgian Nodar Robakidze (ten) last month.
Robakidze was a last minute stand-in after a string of other boxers had pulled out.
“His last opponent was a very tough kid” said Rhodes. “Sam dropped him with a body shot in the second round. It was a beautiful shot and we were packing up in the corner ready to go home. He climbed off the floor and came back even stronger, so it was a big test for Sheedy. Sam showed character by sticking to his job.”
Despite Rhodes’ caution over exposing unbeaten Sheedy after just 15 fights, there is one tough assignment they want: Nav Mansouri.
The Rotherham fighter is the English title holder. “We are chasing Nav; he has to defend his title against Sam or vacate it. Hopefully we’ll find out what’s happening there.”
Rhodes added: “I think Nav is chasing bigger things than the English title.”
*Beighton’s Ross Burkinshaw is now rated at number nine in the WBO bantamweight rankings.