Written by Joe Hill
Photo’s by Danny Hill (link to all pics to follow)
Pioneer Promotions and Glyn Rhodes MBE brought five quality bouts of boxing to Doncaster Racecourse with the main event being Sheffield southpaw Sam “Speedy” Sheedy (12-0-0) (11st 3lbs 8oz) taking on valiant Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov (5-2-0) (11st 2lbs) in a 8 x 3 round light middle weight contest.
Unbeaten Sheedy took control of his opponent from the second the bell rang, showing good technical ability by not rushing into it, looking his opponent up and down, finding the openings and placing his shots perfectly. This continued in the second as Sheedy put the pressure on his opponent with some good combinations but Hyuseinov not being afraid to get stuck in also landed some good strong shots. Hyuseinov having what appeared to be a slip saw him get an eight count but he was straight back onto his feet.
Throughout the third and fourth round Sheedy continued to rule Hyuseinov, landing the same perfect punches and tiring his opponent. Hyuseinov, starting to look fatigued in the fifth gave Sheedy a chance to stand back and have a breather which in turn gave the Bulgarian a few chances which he failed to take advantage of.
Throughout the next few rounds Sheedy continued to dominate with the most memorable moment being a good string of punches towards the end of the seventh leaving Hyuseinov unsteady on his feet and being saved by the bell. An eighth round battle saw both fighters determined to finish the fight early but Hyuseinov’s gloves weighed down his tired arms and left Sheedy to take another round winning by a clear 80 points to 72.
On the undercard was popular local lightweight Tommy Chadburn (1-0-0) (9st 4lbs 2oz) in his second professional fight against tougher than he looks Lithuanian Aivaras Balsys (1-7-0) (8st 13lbs 8oz) over 4 x 3 minute rounds. Chadburn stormed into the fight with his fists flying, landing a good fifty percent of them but Balsys moved well and shocked Chadburn with a crack on the nose. Not fazed by his opponent Chadburn developed a better attitude in the second, keeping more of a composed manner, he landed more punches but also left his guard open for Balsys to land some good counters.
A good battle through the next two rounds saw both fighters showing good skill and determination; Chadburn worked some good, fast combinations while Balsys did the same but at times struggled to get past Chadburn’s wall of defence. Chadburn just taking the edge won by a close 39 points to 38.
Also fighting was Doncaster’s cruiserweight prospect Matthew Brierley (3-0-1) (13st 11lbs 8oz) who took on Cumbrian Lee Kellett (4-5-2) (14st 10lbs) in a 4 x 3 round contest. Brierley proved that he is one to watch as he made light work of Kellet as well as showing that he is not yet at the top of his game, a bit more experience and some tougher challengers could see Brierley as possibly one of the best cruiserweights the country has to offer.
Sheffield middleweight John Fewkes (21-2-1) (11st 3lbs) had a tough fight against Doncaster’s Adam Jones (2-5-2) (11st 8lbs), the 6 x 3 round bout ended in a 57/57 draw with both fighters expecting the win and causing mixed reviews amongst the spectators. Personally I thought Jones was the better fighter on the night and deserved to win, many would disagree.
After a four year break from professional boxing Sheffield middleweight Lee Edwards (12-2-0) (11st 7lbs 8oz) was up against journeyman Dee Mitchell (9-54-1) (11st 7lbs 5oz) the very same person he beat in his last fight at Ponds Forge back in 2010. Edwards showed that he is back in business and won by a clear 40 points to 36.