A “glassing” injury to Sheffield light middleweight Sam Sheedy will not hold his career back, says trainer Glyn Rhodes.
Sheedy, aged 27, (W15 L1) suffered the injury in a pub in the Crookesmoor area of the city, recently, after a clash with a stranger. Police were involved and the boxer needed butterfly stitches across the wound.
“It is sickening that another person would want to hit you with a glass or a bottle” said Rhodes.
“If this had happened in a nightclub or in some places in the city centre I might have judged Sam differently - but he was out in a nice place and, really, Sam is a nice kid and not the type you’d associate with trouble.
“There is nothing good to come out of this, other than the wound is at the side of the eye rather than above it.
“He isn’t due to box again until a Dennis Hobson show at the Magna on October 10, so the injury won’t be an issue by that time, he’ll be fine.”
Sheedy, who lost his unbeaten record to Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri recently, was not available for comment.
Meanwhile another fighter trained by Rhodes in Hillsborough is preparing to start campaigning again, at the age of 36.
Wilson, a Crosspool fireman, hasn’t fought since April last year but is now working on a new sponsorship agreement that will help him continue to box.
Rhodes said: “He is from Wolverhampton orginally so isn’t a big ticket seller and has been avoided by a lot of other middleweights because he is always a handful.
“But we hope to have him out soon, as we are working with a new sponsor. If his financial needs are sorted, that will make it easier to put him on a show for various promoters.”
Another Sheffield Boxing Centre fighter Dave Fidler defends his Central Area super welterweight title against Tom Knight in Hull on August 28.
*Promoter Eddie Hearn intends to offer Kell Brook’s next fight as part of a double pay-per-view package.
The businessman is seeking an opponent for the IBF world champion in Sheffield on October 24, after talks with Brandon Rios stalled over a re-match clause.
Recent front-runner appears to have been Diego Cháves, the Argentine who drew with Timothy Bradley last year.
Hearn hopes to combine the TV coverage with Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf.