Sam Sheedy edges Andrew Robinson in eliminator

Sam Sheedy came through an intriguing, gruelling encounter on Saturday July 30 to put himself in the frame for a future huge fight.

Fighting for the first time at middleweight, Sheedy took on Andrew Robinson at the Rotherham Magna Centre in a British and Commonwealth eliminator and pipped his opponent from Redditch on a split-decision verdict.

Entering the ring in a sombrero and flanked by co-managers Dennis and AJ Hobson, ‘Speedy’ Sheedy clowned at times – much to the chagrin of trainer Glyn Rhodes – as he looked to counter the ever-advancing Robinson.

The action was nip and tuck throughout although the more accurate, eye-catching shots seemed to come from the Sheffield fighter. The pace inevitably slowed as the contest wore on with Robinson refusing to take a backwards step, and the last round saw both men tired. At the final bell, an ecstatic Sam was announced victor with two judges scoring 96-95, while the third official went for Robinson by the same margin.

Now in line to fight either Commonwealth champ Tommy Langford or British king Chris Eubank Jr, Sheedy revealed afterwards he’d been hampered by a back injury throughout the contest, but was now eager to test himself against the bigger names in the division.

Watch Sam’s post-fight interview – along with trainer/manager Glyn Rhodes, and co-managers AJ and Dennis Hobson.