Manchester middleweight Ben Sheedy has signed a management deal with MTK Global ahead of an anticipated return to the ring in March.
The popular Sale native has penned terms with MTK as he looks to build towards title contention later this year.
Training under Ensley Bingham at Champs Camp Gym, Sheedy has built an undefeated 8-0-1 (4KOs) record, drawing his most recent outing against South African Barend van Rooyen last November.
And the 28-year-old is likely to have his first bout as an MTK fighter next month.
“I’m thrilled to be joining MTK and to be part of a stable with such quality boxers,” said Sheedy. “I believe MTK are the right people to have in my corner and guide me in my career.
“I’m reassured to know that I’m in such experienced and specialist hands with former Irish and British champion Matthew Macklin as the founder and I feel privileged to be signing with them.
“I just can’t wait to get back in the ring now and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a fight sorted for late March.”
A bricklayer by trade, Sheedy is confident that his link-up with MTK will eventually allow him to concentrate full-time on boxing and the Sale fighter hopes his new deal will set him on a path to follow in the footsteps of some of Manchester’s biggest names.
“My ambition is to climb the British rankings the traditional way and become British champion before hopefully going on to world level,” said Sheedy.
“Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla are two of my boxing idols and I want to try to replicate what they achieved in terms of winning over the people of Manchester.
“They both influenced my style in certain ways, but I also love how popular they are with all of the people. I’ve already got a good local support, but both Hatton and Crolla had a huge following, filling the Manchester Arena and it’s my dream to do that too.”
MTK Global Director of International Operations Paul Gibson is delighted to have recruited a promising fighter with a strong local fan base.
“Ben’s an exciting fighter with huge support in and around Manchester. We’re delighted to welcome him to the MTK Global team and we should see him back in the ring towards the end of next month,” said Gibson.
“He’s hoping to kick on towards title shots soon, so we’ll be looking to push him towards area and national titles in the coming months.”