Ben Sheedy is full of renewed desire ahead of a return on the MTK Manchester show at Victoria Warehouse on November 9 and believes his narrow title defeat to Matthew Wigglesworth has already made him a better fighter.
The popular middleweight suffered the first defeat of his career in July via a controversial points loss in pursuit of the Southern Area title but remains adamant he’s seen resulting improvements already.
Sheedy, who will fight live on iFL TV, said: “I learned so much in that fight. The main thing was that you can’t take your eye off the ball for a split second.
“The main reason I didn’t get the decision was a knockdown. I hurt him and went chasing him blindly rather than cautiously. I went to throw a big shot to take him out, got clipped and went down. Now I know to focus every second, every minute, every round.
“I know I’m a better fighter due to that loss already. There are many little things I could have done that would have made the fight a whitewash in my favour. The camp was great – it was the best sparring I’ve ever done but then it went wrong on the night, so now I know all that matters is the night.
“I don’t feel I’ve anything to prove to myself or anyone else. I know what I’m built of and I knew if the day came I suffered a defeat, it’d never deter me from believing in what I can do.”
Sheedy’s return is part of a growing card at Victoria Warehouse, where Blackpool’s former world title challenger Brian Rose will also make his long-awaited comeback.
Former world title challenger and British champion Brian Rose will be back in action on the MTK Global show at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on November 9.
‘The Lion’ (29-5-1-KO8) has been out of action since a controversial points defeat to Jack Arnfield in March 2017 with a WBA ranking title on the line and is determined to re-establish himself in the middleweight division.
Rose said: “Being out for over a year has done me some good. I boxed since the age of nine and never had a year out so I’ve had a good rest and a good time.
“I did things like go on holiday and go on my mate’s stag-do. I’d never had time to enjoy myself before because I’d always dedicated my life to boxing.
“About six or seven months in, I really missed boxing and realised I needed it back in my life. I didn’t want to get to 40 years old and regret losing close decisions to the likes of Matthew Macklin and Jack Arnfield.
“Those fights could’ve gone either way and I realised I didn’t want to leave my boxing career with any regrets. This last chapter will give me closure.
“Of course, retiring went through my mind. I hit rock bottom after the loss to Arnfield – I’m not going to lie. After that, a few things changed in my life and I realised I could come back from it.
“I’ve come back from worse things. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. This’ll be my best comeback.”
Rose’s return and the entire fight night will be broadcast live on iFL TV.
Sean McComb is being touted as one of boxing’s most exciting prospects but the Belfast youngster remains completely relaxed.
‘The Public Nuisance’ has racked up two quick-fire stoppage wins since ending a decorated amateur career to turn professional and has already earned a slot on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade in Boston on October 20.
Before that, McComb heads back to his home city to star on MTK Global’s inaugural Belfast show on October 5 – live on BoxNation. Despite friends and family baying for another showreel victory, McComb is unfazed by expectation.
The 26-year-old southpaw said: “There’s no pressure at all because I don’t care if I stop people or not. If people are disappointed I don’t knock someone out, I don’t care.
“I don’t care if I win a scrappy performance on points. It’s all about winning. All the other stuff is blocked out.
“I just focus on preparing. I’m a full-time athlete and that’s the way it is. I have been for five or six years so I know how to manage myself with training and food. I also know when to take time off.
“It’s working in my favour that I know how to control myself, how hard to train and when my sparring starts etc. It’s a big part of it and my trainer Danny Vaughan and I discuss it. That’s key when you’re out again so soon.
“You can’t tell when you’ve overtrained because your mind is telling you you should be training because you have a big fight – whether that’s Stateside or in Belfast. You simply have to treat it as any other fight.”
McComb’s outing in Belfast takes place on a stacked BoxNation card headlined by Tyrone McCullagh’s European title fight and also including Steven Ward, Conrad Cummings, Paddy Gallagher, Marco McCullough, Padraig McCrory, Steven Donnelly, Gary Cully, Nathaniel May, Sean McGlinchey and more.