Sheffield v Rotherham boxing: A re-match? No thanks!

Navid Mansouri v Sam Sheedy 04/07/15
Navid Mansouri v Sam Sheedy 04/07/15
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Sam Sheedy won’t be seeking a re-match with Nav Mansouri after the Sheffield light middleweight’s controversial defeat last weekend.

The boxer initially indicated he wanted another crack at Rotherham’s English champion after being on the end of a points loss decision which shocked many people in the sport.

But Sheedy’s trainer Glyn Rhodes said: “In my eyes he won the fight, it’s as simple as that. So what’s the point of a re-match?

“I mean no disrespect to Nav and his people but the judges’ decision was completely wrong so we are just going to try and put it behind us. By that I mean move on and look for another title - we are going down the Commonwealth route instead.

“Nav is a lovely kid and I get on with his trainer Oliver Harrison but why should Sam fight Nav again just because the judges got it wrong?”

“Nav and Sam carried themselves with class on Saturday.

“But I still think our sport is the loser when daft decisions like this are made.”

Sheedy was amongst many who posted their feelings on Facebook.

He wrote: “Just want to say how overwhelmed I am with the positive messages/comments/opinions. Gave it my all and came up short. Sorry I couldn’t get that title. I gave it my heart and soul. Love you all. Thanks for being the best supporters on the planet. I love you.”

The sentiment was ‘liked’ by more than 500 people.

Boxer-trainer Reagan Denton added: “Chin up champ ur still a winner in my eyes and everyone else’s it seems u only needed to listen to Glenn McCrory (Spike TV) commentator at the fight; he had it 9 Rounds to his one, me 2. At least when I robbed anyone I wore a mask!”

Former champion and stablemate John Fewkes added: “Once again the greatness of boxing was tainted by just an absolute joke of a decision.”

Promoter Dennis Hobson nailed his colours to the mast, too, saying he “thought Sam was a clear winner...I may have a plan for him.”

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