Sheffield light-middleweight Sam Sheedy brought down the curtain on a marathon six hour Dennis Hobson promotion at Rotherham’s Magna Centre yesterday by outpointing late sub Nodar Robakidze of Georgia 100-90 over ten one-sided rounds.
It had looked, when the visitor, in at just a couple of days notice, crumpled to the canvas after shipping a left to the body as early as the second round that Sam might just be on for an early finish.
Robakidze though, a twenty-seven fight veteran, proved tougher than he initially appeared and despite finding himself on the receiving end for the majority of the contest he was still in there banging at the final bell. Victory see’s Sam’s record improve to 15-0.
An absolute cracker for the vacant Central Area light-middleweight title had preceded the Sheedy bout, Shiregreen’s Dave ‘Fever’ Fidler and Denaby Main’s Adam Jones reacquainting themselves with each other having drawn in a previous encounter
This re-match, over the ten round distance, proved just as closely contested with Fidler, despite having a point deducted by referee John Latham for a low blow in the 5th round, emerging victorious by the narrowest of margins, the Bury official adjudging him a 96-95 winner at the conclusion of a highly watchable and always close encounter during which the advantage constantly swung from one side to the other.
Fidler had suggested beforehand that this might just be his last contest but he reassured his supporters that he would be carrying on.
Sheffield brothers Ramzy and Loua Nassa both picked up cuts above the right eyes en-route to points victores, Loua proving too much for Kent’s Ricky Leach in the four round show opener and taking the 40-37 decision of Mr Latham whilst Ramzy encounter a tougher opponent in the shape of Bulgaria’s Stefan Slavchev who was eventually overcome by a 58-56 margin over the longer six-round distance.
The gutsy visitor was given a count in the last after being tagged off balance,
Former ABA flyweight champ Waleed Din improved to 6-0 as a pro by taking every round and a 60-54 win against Ghanaian Isaac Quaye whilst Ingle stabled Kyle ‘Golden Kid’ Yousaf impressed en-route to a 40-35 four round win over Georgia’s Mikheil Soloninkini who was given a count after touching down in the opener.
Sheffield first-timer Christian ‘The Beast’ Kinsiona edged out Newcastle heavyweight James ‘Boom-Boom’ Barnes 39-38 over four rounds, the visitor, tiring late, being sent sprawling with less than thirty seconds of the contest remaining.
Super-feather Razaq Najib, another Sheffield puncher, claimed a 40-37 victory over Lithuania’s experienced Simas Volosinas whilst Glyn Rhodes stabled light-heavy Scott Westgarth had to settle for at 38-38 draw at the conclusion of his four rounder against Plymouth’s Christian Hoskin-Gomez.
The evening’s only other bout saw Blackpool’s RP Davies halted in the second round by William Warburton from Atherton in Lancashire.