Glyn Rhodes has Sheffield boxers lining up to have a crack at Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri.
The Sheffield trainer hopes one of his light-middleweights will eventually manoeuvre themselves into a position to challenge for Mansouri’s coveted English title.
One of his men, Dave Fidler, has already expressed his frustration that he’d not been granted the chance to fight him, recently. Now Rhodes says Sam Sheedy is also champing at the bit for a local derby with the title-holder, who beat Sheffield’s Tyan Booth to the title and then defended it with a draw against Barnsley’s Matthew Mallin this month.
Rhodes claimed some rival camps were avoiding Sheedy, in particular.
“One fight we would be looking at and it would be a great fight for Sheffield, Rotherham and Yorkshire, that would be Sheedy v Mansouri” he said. “If you’re not best in your own back yard you can’t talk about being the best in Britain. I like to see fighters clean up in their own back yard, then move on to bigger things.”
Fidler, he reiterated, was also desperate to take on Mansouri, and at 35 he hasn’t got long to fulfil that aim.
One fight that’s definitely on is Jez Wilson against Martin Conception in Birmingham on November 23. Rhodes says it will be a title eliminator.
“Conception is a puncher, but so is Jez; so it should be an exciting fight” said Rhodes. “When Jez wins we will hopefully get the fight up in Sheffield for the English title.”
n Sheffield’s Richard Towers says his November 2 fight with Australian KO specialist Lucas Browne is “a fight everyone likes the sound of.” Browne (15 KOs; 17 fights) is Towers toughest test. But says unbeaten Towers, 34: “I’ve had some great sparring with Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Perez and David Haye - the top heavyweights in the world.
Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua has been helping Towers prepare. “He is 23 and a real handful” says Towers. The winner of Towers v Browne becomes mandatory challenger for British and Commonwealth Champion David Price.