You never know quite what you’re going to see when you watch Sam Sheedy.
The Sheffield middleweight, whose ring entrances feature sombreros and the Speedy Gonzales song, inched his way to an absorbing and at times painful split decision win over Worcestershire fighter Andrew Robinson at Magna.
The 28-year-old, who now moves on to a British or Commonwealth title shot, entertained the crowd with a range of showboating gestures. He even found time to fall out with his trainer Glyn Rhodes over that, in a ring-break.
Mainly, Sheedy danced away from a barrage of attacks to counter - but he was caught several times and had his earlier, cleaner work in the bout to thank for a win disputed by his rival.
Yet Sheedy’s biggest surprise came later when he revealed he’d been troubled by back spasms. He had woken up in the morning with a “tight” back. “Throughout the day it got worse,” he said. “I thought it would be alright, but I didn’t even shadow-box or warm up. Usually I’m quite elusive with upper-body movement that’s why I was stood a lot (under a tight guard) because that was a lot worse than getting hit. I was tensing up instead of being all slippery.”
He said it was just his luck to have come across one of the toughest chins in the business.
He quipped: “I might need a new trainer by the end of the night because me and Glyn fell out!”
Rhodes said he’d heard Sheedy squeal when he’d been backed awkwardly into the ropes - evidence that his back was hurting him. “Under those circumstances, we’ll take the win” Rhodes said.
The most convincing win of the Dennis Hobson show fell to Eckington’s Joss Paul, who twice had Dinnington’s Darren Snow on one knee, before the towel was thrown in. Paul - backed by Sheffield Steelers’ ice hockey players in the audience - moved to five straight wins under the watchful eye of trainer Clinton Woods.