Sheffield boxing: Sheedy to go up a level

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Sam Sheedy is being touted for a battle against two-time challenger for the British light middleweight title and former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce.

With the Sheffield southpaw being pulled out of a possible English title eliminator fight with Leeds’ scrapper Damon Jones - amid concerns over crowd volatility - trainer Glyn Rhodes is looking for a high-profile opponent.

Boxer Sam Sheedy and trainer Glyn Rhodes

Boxer Sam Sheedy and trainer Glyn Rhodes

First Sheedy is boxing in a local show in March 21, possibly at Shiregreen.

But after that Rhodes hopes he can secure a date with Pryce, who lost over 12 rounds to Sergey Rabchenko for the EBU (European) light middleweight title in Bulgaria in November.

Pryce has boxed big-hitters like Frankie Gavin, Chris Eubank Jr and Billy Joe Saunders in recent times.

Rhodes said: “We put the feelers out to see about Bradley Pryce. It would be a great name on Sam’s record.

Pryce is a former champion a well-known name, he’s been in with some very good kids and will be a great stepping stone.

“His next fight is in Doncaster. If we can’t get a fight for him for his area title we are contemplating bringing in somebody from abroad.

“We will try and get him an eight rounder and then hopefully the Pryce fight if that can be made.

“He is a class fighter but not what he was.”

He said he could keep Sheedy “fighting people you know he is going to beat, but nothing would be learned from that.”

He said: “obviously Nav Mansouri is English champion and he is boxing on February 7, we’d like to see what happens after that.

“Sheedy is capable of winning a British title, but he is still only a baby (25.)

“We are not in a rush. He has boxed 10 rounds for area title, I want to step him up against a quality opponent and Pryce would be that big step for him.”

John Fewkes, a stablemate of Sheedy’s at Sheffield boxing centre suffered a rib injury sparring with Jez Wilson and is recuperating.