Sheffield boxing trainer Glyn Rhodes has had to revise plans to celebrate his 50th birthday - because his top fighter has secured a dream opportunity to win the British title on the same night!
Middleweight Sam Sheedy will take on unbeaten Tommy Langford in Cardiff, on October 22. Sheedy has been with Rhodes’ Sheffield Boxing Centre since he was a child and aims to replicate the same achievement that eventual world champion Clinton Woods managed under SBC mentorship in the ‘90s.
Rhodes said: “Langford was supposed to be fighting Chris Eubank Jr but the Brighton man has vacated the title in search of bigger things and Sam has nipped in.
“It is a fantastic chance for Sam. Tommy beat (Dronfield’s) Lewis Taylor but Lewis did well against him (in March) and I reckon that this will now be a 50-50 contests. Tommy is a stand-up, hands-high boxer, orthodox who now finds himself up against a slippery southpaw. “It will be a great birthday present when we win!”
Sheedy (W17 L1) posted on Facebook, : “Very pleased to announce I’m fighting for not just any title, not just any belt, but the prestigious Lord Lonsdale belt the British Title. A belt every British fighter strives for. Excited is an understatement” wrote the 28-year-old.
Birmingham-based Langford, 27, has 17 straight wins on his record. He beat Sheffield’s Wayne Reed last year.
Langford, who already holds the Commonwealth and WBO inter-continental belts said: “Sam is a good boxer and has one of those styles that can make life very difficult for anyone so I will have to get it right. He’s only lost once in a fight that he should have won. It was an unlucky decision against Navid Mansouri. He poses a lot of threats but I am confident I can get the job done. Having the opportunity to fight for the British title is phenomenal for me and it’s a great chance to propel myself on to that next level.”
Langford added: “This is a chance to put my name in the history books and I won’t be letting it pass.
“Cardiff is becoming like a second home for me ... I have huge number of fans coming down for this fight again; close to 2,000. It’s a massive bill and the fans are in for a treat.”