Sam Sheedy admits a recent glassing-attack injury sustained in a Sheffield pub has slowed down his career plans.
The light-middleweight has been nursing a facial wound on holiday in Turkey, but is back home now.
“This has definitely held me up - I cannot spar for three or four weeks” says the 27-year-old Sheffield Boxing Centre southpaw.
“There is some scar tisue behind the cut which is a bit painful so I cannot spar. I would be sparring now and maybe have a fight pencilled in for a date, but that’s not possible.
“It is frustrating as I wanted to get straight back in. But it is what it is. And the bonus is that the wound is to the side of my eye rather than above it.”
Sheedy remains convinced that he was robbed by judges in his English title points defeat to Nav Mansouri in July at the Magna Centre.
“I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t think I won that fight. Everybody could see it” he said.“But if Nav goes on the win the British title I’d love a re-match and that would make up for everything that has happened.”
Police are still probing the attack in Crookesmoor.
Sheedy may be back in the ring on October 17.