Sheffield’s Sam Sheedy moves up to middleweight on May 30, when he takes on Andrew Robinson at the Rotherham Magna Centre. Sheedy, who lost a highly-controversial decision to English light-middleweight champ Nav Mansouri last year, will face Robinson in a British and Commonwealth title eliminator battle.
Evenly-matched, both Sheedy and Robinson have a single defeat on their respective 17 and 19-fight ledgers, the contest promises to be a genuine 50-50 tussle, although ‘Speedy’ insists he will have far too much skill and variety for his Worcestershire opponent.
“I never take note of my opponents, even in the amateurs,” explained the 28-year-old southpaw. “I do what I do and, as it happens, I’m good at what I do! I’m like a boxing chameleon, I’m very versatile. Whatever an opponent brings, whether it’s power, speed or counter-punching, then I’ll adapt. So, I’ve not watched anything of him.
“I know he’s been sparring with Frankie Gavin and Jamie Cox, but that’s irrelevant to me because they’re not Sam Sheedy. It shows me he’s mentally weak by having to say ‘oh look, I’m sparring with these’; I’ve been sparring great kids and I don’t have to tell everyone.
“It’s not evenly-matched because everyone knows I really beat Nav Mansouri; so I’d have been in line to box Liam Williams for the British and Commonwealth title, and I’d have won that and been at European and world level by now.
“I’ve got the mental edge because I don’t think I can be beat. I couldn’t be beat at light-middleweight and I definitely can’t be beat at middleweight. I feel so strong and powerful, and I’m as quick as I was at light-middleweight. I’m bigger, stronger and faster.”
With the winner in line to face domestic ruler Chris Eubank Jr; Sheedy says – if the enigmatic Brighton fighter doesn’t relinquish – that challenging him for the Lonsdale crown would be an opportunity he’d be confident of winning.
“I’d feel fantastic competing at British level because I box better when I face a better class of opponent. You can’t fake it at British level, you’re at British level for a reason. I think Eubank will vacate to move onto world level but I’d like to box him. He’s very strong but raw and hasn’t been boxing as long as I have so I’ll have a better boxing brain. I’m a boxing chameleon, I’d adapt and I’d beat him.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions presents Sam Sheedy versus Andrew Robinson contesting a British and Commonwealth middleweight title eliminator bout at the Rotherham Magna Centre on Saturday July 30.
For ticket information call 0114 243 4443.