With Sheffield duo Sam Sheedy and Liam Cameron both in away-corner title fights in the coming weeks, Dennis Hobson is confident of a win-double that will add major belts to his boxing stable.
On October 22, Sheedy faces Tommy Langford for the vacant British middleweight belt at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena; while Cameron travels ‘down under’ to Victoria on November 25 to take on Australia’s Zac Dunn for the Commonwealth super-middleweight crown.
Both men enter the contests as underdogs. Sheedy got the call to face Langford – for the belt vacated by Chris Eubank Jr – at just three weeks notice. ‘Cannonball’ Cameron, meanwhile, will need to negotiate the very heavy, unbeaten fists of Dunn, who has knocked out 18 of his 22 opponents. Despite the apparent uphill tasks, Hobson has faith in the ability of his fighters and believes the duo will return home with a belt around their waist.
“I think Sam has got everything in his locker to upset Tommy Langford,” revealed Hobson. “The only reservation I’ve got, even though Sam is a fit kid, is that it’s at short notice with just three weeks of concentrated training.
“Sam’s a slippery southpaw though, whereas Tommy is very conventional with a high work rate. Tommy is a quality fighter, but I see Sam giving him all sorts of nightmares. People think Sam isn’t a puncher, but I know he can whack. The work rate and conditioning is the only issue but apart from that I really do fancy Sam to do a number on Tommy. As regards ability, this is a fight we’ve been after for Sam for a while.
“When [former Hobson fighter] Lewis Taylor lost on points to Tommy, I thought Lewis was in front initially but Tommy came on strong. So Lewis got out-gamed and he’ll learn from that. I believe Sam is more talented than Lewis. Sam’s an exceptional talent and he’s slippery, is a snappy puncher and picks great shots. Don’t be surprised if Sam absolutely does a number on Tommy, and stops him even though he’s the underdog.
“If Liam turns up and goes for it then he has all the ability and experience to really upset the apple cart in Australia. I don’t think Dunn has fought anybody with Liam’s talent. But it’s all about whether Liam turns up. He’s been in big fights and not produced, but he’ mature now, has got a family and is showing all the right signals. I’m looking forward to him doing the job. Hopefully, by the end of November we’ll have two titles, a British and Commonwealth, in the stable.”