Wild about his chances

Creditable draw: Carl Wild
Creditable draw: Carl Wild
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Trainer Glyn Rhodes believes Carl Wild’s clash with a Ricky Hatton hopeful can propel him on towards a string of victories in the boxing ring.

Wild drew with Justyn Hugh at Ponds Forge last month, disrupting a pattern of nine straight wins for the talented Welshman.

Rhodes believes his light-heavyweight should have got the verdict, but takes positives from the bout ahead of Wild’s next battle, on Friday night at Sheffield United’s ground.

“To be fair, Carl (W10 L16 D4) hasn’t always had a lot of luck but he should take a lot of confidence out of drawing with Hugh, whose name is being banded out as a good Hatton prospect,” said Rhodes.

“Carl has had a few bad results (one win in the last eight) but that result should set him in good stead for Friday.

“He is never going to be a British champion but he’s a good pro and I don’t think it’s unreasonable that he might win an Area title.”

Walkley binman Wild, aged 25, boxes an eight-rounder against Derby’s Elvis Dube, 33, at Bramall Lane.

He has fought Dube twice before, beating him on points but then getting knocked out in the first round.

Rhodes said: “Carl walked straight into a big right-hander. It hurt his pride so this match is going to settle it once and for all.”

Also on the bill is Wayne Reed, from Parson Cross. He was due to fight another Sheffielder, Dean Walker, but Walker has pulled out with a broken rib.

Instead Reed will fight Brighton middleweight Iain Jackson.

“It’s not been easy to match fights for Wayne, since he knocked out Jahmaine Smylie in Leicester last year. He is a southpaw, horrible to fight, but he can punch,” said Rhodes.

Reed, 24, lost to former IBO and WBF champion Robin Reid, 40, at Hillsborough in June.

“That showed you cannot expect an old head on young shoulders. Wayne got hit and the red mist descended, trying to plough into his opponent rather than box him,” Rhodes added.

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