Boxing: Sheffield’s Sam Sheedy gears up for Newport’s Bradley Pryce

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Glyn Rhodes believes the Sam Sheedy v Bradley Pryce contest a week tomorrow will be a match for the connoisseur.

Sheffield’s Sheedy puts his 13-match unbeaten record on the line against a 52-fight veteran who remains a dangerous competitor.

“Both are big counter-punchers so this might be a cautious event at first” said trainer Rhodes, of the eight rounder at Doncaster Racecourse.

“Sheedy is hard work to box against, he is an elusive southpaw. But Pryce is coming off a defeat that everybody thought he’d won (Lee Markham, Bethnal Green, Sept 27) so he has something to prove. More than likely this will be a chess match rather than a slug fest: one for the boxing connoisseur.”

Sheedy, 26, won the Central Area title at light middleweight in November 2012 but has only fought one eight-rounder since.

“I have a lot of confidence in Sam” said Rhodes, of Sheffield Boxing Centre. “But it’s natural to be a bit worried when you put an unbeaten fighter up against someone with Pryce’s record. This fight has been on and off several times and Pryce is coming here to win. He has a lot of ambition.

“It is Sam’s biggest test so far. He is more of a boxer than a banger, but in a fight like this you never know what’s going to happen.”

Pryce, 33, went 10 rounds with Frankie Gavin last year.

He also went 12 with Sergey Rabchenko, last year, losing out on his bid for a European title. In 2012, he went 12 round with Billy Joe Saunders, losing out on a Commonwealth title. While he has come out second-best in seven of his last nine fights, he is rarely stopped.

Pryce regards the Donny fight is his “reality check”- if he wins he will chase more titles. If not, the Welshman will have to take a good hard look at his career.

He claims Sheedy had not fought anybody in the top 25 rankings and said: “He is stepping up but I believe I should be disposing with this guy inside the distance. His nickname is Speedy and he’s going to be running away from me all night. My job is to trap him and break him up.

“I have got to beat this guy and I can’t see any way of me losing. I’m feeling good.”