Sheffield boxing: Speedy Sheedy makes fight game easy!

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They don’t call him Speedy Sam Sheedy for nothing.

It took the Sheffield light middleweight one minute 58 seconds to stop African Frank Dodzi in a Commonwealth title eliminator at Rotherham’s Magna Centre last weekend.

Now he is positioned to challenge the reigning Commonwealth and British champion, Liam Williams, from Clydach Vale, Wales.

“It will happen” Sheedy said on twitter.

The match-up would be an interesting spectacle - unbeaten Williams, 23, has a W12 L0 D1 record - the draw coming against Sheffield’s Tyan Booth two years ago. Williams has other matters on his mind at the moment; he defends his two belts against Scotsman Kris Carslaw in Manchester on December 19.

A flurry of Sheedy shots finished Dodzi inside two minutes.

Sam Sheedy, victorious over Frank Dodzi

Sam Sheedy, victorious over Frank Dodzi

The man from Ghana looked stunned by the ref’s decision - and he took some persuading to get him to leave the ring.

But for a man with 16 knockouts on his record, he hadn’t offered much.

After the fight, 27-year-old Sheedy said it had been easier than he thought it would be “only because I made it easy. You can make fights hard, you can make them easy. I made it easy.” He said the timid performance from his opponent was “not my problem.”

He commented: “They just rack them up and I knock ‘em out - well I normally take them to points but this time I knocked him out.”

Asked if he’d have liked more rounds against Dodzi, he replied: “I am quite lazy as a person, so getting him out at that point is better for me!”

Sheedy, who walks to the ring to the tune of Speedy Gonzales, went on Facebook to thanks those who got behind him.

“Now I’m mandatory for the Commonwealth title. Thanks to everyone that came and supported me and that support my career whether you came or didn’t.”

Speedy’s Sheffield Boxing Centre trainer Glyn Rhodes said: “Sheedy was brilliant, he never allowed a dangerous opponent to settle at any point. We knew the kid was a puncher so he had to be on his toes and we expected a tought night from the African but Sam did a great job and now it’s onwards and upwards for Sam.”

Rhodes’ other boxer on the show, Jez Wilson, was defeated by English middleweight champion Lewis Taylor and the trainer said: “I love and hate this game.

“In the changing rooms we were all happy for Sam and not long after we were all upset for Jez. That’s boxing.”

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