Trainer Glyn Rhodes has admitted the raw courage and resilience of his fighter Sam Sheedy has surprised even him - and now he wants to pilot him towards a Commonwealth title.
Sam ‘Speedy’ Sheedy outpointed rugged Welsh veteran Bradley Pryce at Doncaster Racecourse, last weekend, to earn his 14th straight victory.
But the 26-year-old had to dig deep to get the points win, after getting hurt in the sixth round, says Sheffield Boxing Centre boss Rhodes.
“He had to show some bottle when he suffered a body shot - it was the sort of pain that asks a lot of questions of any boxer.
“He could barely move for a while after that so couldn’t rely on his footwork, he just had to tough it out.
“At the end of the round I didn’t want him to lose his way and read him the riot act. But he surprised me - and maybe even himself - by the way he stayed focussed.
“He showed a lot of character, sucked it up, and went on the offensive. He has been with me since he was 11 and I have seen him win as a pro and lose as an amateur. But against a tough guy like Bradley I saw things I haven’t seen in him before.”
Rhodes has his eyes on guiding Sheedy towards a Commonwealth title - a belt that Pryce, 33, (W35, L18) has himself worn with distinction.
“Sam will need a rest now but Commonwealth, I think, is going to be an easier road to go down rather than the British title. Sam has always been a classy fighter, but it is now obvious he can mix things up and he will need that as he goes up the rankings and gets his chances.”