Sheedy is pulled out of Yorkshire derby bout

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Sheffield trainer Glyn Rhodes has pulled his fighter Sam Sheedy out of a planned fight with Damon Jones - his decision influenced by crowd trouble at a fight in September.

The show at Barnsley Metrodome was shut down, some eye witnesses said, because of football-style hooliganism involving some of Jones’ followers.

The show was stopped three rounds into light middleweight Jones’ fight with Simone Lucas.

Jones had not boxed since that fight was ruled a “No Contest” but he’d been pencilled in to fight unbeaten Sheffield southpaw Sheedy at Leeds United FC Banqueting Suite on March 28.

But Rhodes said of his 12-fight prospect: “It should have been an eliminator for a title but to be honest we were not too bothered because of what happened with his supporters and the fact that show was cancelled.

“It was also going to be a risk (in terms of any judges’ decision) going into somebody else’s back yard.

“When we weighed everything up, it just wasn’t worth it.

“The fight we really wants is (Rotherham’s) Nav Mansouri. We’re still hoping that that can be made somewhere in South Yorkshire.”

Jez Wilson, who also trains at Sheffield Boxing centre, hopes to face Londoner John ‘The Gorilla’ Ryder for an English middleweight title eliminator in February.

It’s a tough fight: Ryder went 12 rounds with Billy Joe Saunders in September, eventually losing the British title match on points.