With Nav Mansouri and Sam Sheedy stealing all the headlines ahead of their highly-anticipated clash at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on July 4, promoter Dennis Hobson has insisted the contest of the night could be the vacant English middleweight title fight between Lewis Taylor and Grant Cunningham.
In a major coup for boxing fans the show is televised live and FREE on Spike TV (Channels: Sky 160, Freeview 31, Talk Talk 31, Freesat 141, BT TV 31), and with Rotherham’s Mansouri defending his English light-middleweight belt against Sheffield’s Sheedy many fight-insiders are claiming the Yorkshire-derby battle could be a fight-of-the-year contender. Hobson though has urged viewers to keep their eyes peeled on the match-up between Taylor and Cunningham.
“It’s a great match, a real 50-50. I don’t think there’ll be a lot of movement,” stated the Sheffield-based promoter. “They’ll be in the middle of the ring and it’ll be like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ they’ll be that close to each other! A lot of the fight will be on the inside, and they won’t have to look for each other; it’ll be toe to toe. Cunningham is a tough kid and Lewis needs to use his jab more otherwise he’s going to be in for a very tough night.
“It’s for the English title and I’m seeing it as a co-feature [alongside Mansouri vs Sheedy]. Lewis has had the great experience of fighting for the IBF inter-continental title away from home against a highly-rated kid [Eamonn O’Kane], and in a lot of pundits’ eyes he did enough to win. So I fancy Lewis because he’s got the big-fight experience. Cunningham comes to win though and can fight so it’s a tough one to call, but Lewis has the better boxing brain and I wouldn’t be surprised, if he puts his shots together, that he doesn’t cause a late stoppage.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents Nav Mansouri defending his English light-middleweight title against Sam Sheedy, and Lewis Taylor versus Grant Cunningham for the vacant English middleweight title, at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on July 4.