Speedy Sheedy wants to make up for lost time

Sam's the man: Sheedy in southpaw action against Terry Carruthers at Ponds Forge in May 2010
Sam's the man: Sheedy in southpaw action against Terry Carruthers at Ponds Forge in May 2010

Sheffield boxing prospect Sam Sheedy told today of his toughest fight - regaining fitness from a career-threatening injury which has kept him out the ring for 18 months.

The unbeaten 23 year-old, who trained with the England amateur team before turning professional in 2008, signed a five-fight deal with Hatton Boxing Promotions last year but only fought in one of the bouts before he was struck down.

Southpaw ‘Speedy’, a member of Glyn Rhodes’ stable, said: “I’d been boxing from the age of 10 and never had a serious injury but just before my last fight in May 2010, I had a problem with my hip which meant I could not run.

“As a boxer you need to be able to run to maintain your stamina but I was limping. I saw several physiotherapists but nobody could work out what was wrong. I was worried that if it couldn’t be put right I would not be able to box again.”

It was not until early this year that Sam’s mystery problem was diagnosed by a physiotherapist - that his right hip was not as strong as the left.

“I had to do similar exercises to what women have to do to build the strength back up on that side and I started running again in April - 11 months after my last fight. I have since been in the gym training hard so I can get back in the ring again. I still have four fights left on my deal with the Hattons and I want to impress them.”

Rhodes said: “Sam’s been really unlucky with the injury which was career-threatening but he’s shown real character and fought back to fitness. He’s a decent prospect and hopefully he could be in contention for an area belt soon.” Sheedy is unbeaten in four pro fights, having made his debut in 2008 with a second round stoppage of Russell Pearce at Don Valley Stadium.

In his last fight and his first for the Hattons, in May 2010, he beat Midlands boxer Terry Carruthers on points at Ponds Forge.

Rhodes hosts a show at Bramall Lane tomorrow. Tickets: 07747 070783.