Sam Sheedy says he wants victory more than his opponent, as he prepares to tackle Birmingham’s Tommy Langford for the British middleweight title on November 26.
The pair meet at Cardiff Arena and the Sheffield southpaw is brimming with confidence.
Langford, 17-0 (6), was due to face Chris Eubank Jr before the Brighton fighter relinquished the belt, enabling Sheedy to step in.
Sheedy, 17-1 (4), was hampered in his last outing - a points win over Andrew Robinson - with a back injury, but insists trainer Glyn Rhodes is ‘pushing him to the max’ and that he will match Langford for workrate, and better than him for skill.
“Training is going absolutely perfect. I’ve got a schedule and it’s absolutely ‘down to a T’. We’re seeing differences every week, and we’re moving uphill. I’ve been with Glyn for 18 years now and I’m finally listening to him 100%” said Sheedy.
“Andrew Robinson has said he thinks I’m going to win, which is lovely to hear. But in that fight I had bad back spasms and had to box differently. He didn’t see my ability whatsoever, he just saw whatever I could throw at him, because that’s all I could do.
“I’m a better boxer than Langford. He’s got a fantastic engine that everyone keeps banging on about but he’s not going to have that advantage this time, we’ll have the same engine. The difference is that I’ve got a bigger heart than him; I want it more. He’s been manufactured by Frank Warren, they’re putting their hopes in him. He’s a good boxer but that’s it, he’s not beaten a good scalp in my opinion. I’m growing in confidence.
“The training we’re doing is taking me to places I’ve never been before. The first three or four rounds against anybody, I’m a nightmare - I’m tricky, awkward and I’m horrible. But my punching power at middleweight, I’ve really grown into it. I’m so confident in my punching power and trickiness, and you’re going to see that in every round, from the first four and then all the way through to the end.”