Sam Sheedy believes he can set off on the road to a European title - as long as he can first come through two local fights unscathed.
Central area champion Sheedy, unbeaten after 10 fights, is boxing at Shiregreen, Sheffield against Gary Boulden on September 21 and then defends his light middleweight title against Swinton’s Tommy Coward.
While not being complacent, the Wisewood boxer believes he can beat both men and then springboard eventually towards British and possibly European and Commonwealth belts.
The Sheffield Boxing Centre southpaw is ambitious - he believes he will dominate the domestic light middleweight category.
Speaking about his clash with Surrey’s Boulden, he admitted that on paper his opponent looked “very below average” in form terms (L10 W7 D2) but had watched Boulden against Olympic bronze winner Anthony Ogogo who stopped him in the fifth.
Boulden caught his rival with a big shot he recalled, adding that it took big-punching Billy Joe Saunders “10 rounds to dispose of him and then only on points.” “You cant be complacent against anybody” said the 25-year-old.
Sheedy hasn’t boxed outside of South Yorkshire and needs to improve on his 20 per cent KO rate. “I put Jason Ball down with a big shot and he’s not fighter who gets knocked out. He has lost only twice by KO (Sheedy and Sheffield’s Liam Cameron.) I have it in me to do that.
Referring to his future, he said: “I want to go as far as I can, I think I can do British and European (levels) and see what happens from there. I am in a position now to box for the English title, but it’s just politics in boxing; it’s who you know.”
Sheedy expects to defend his Area title against ‘Machine Gun’ Coward, 28, (Record: won 8 Lost 1) soon. “I am happy to box him; we’re both from South Yorkshire, it should be a good local fight.” Coward outpointed Max Maxwell at Doncaster Dome in July.