Boxing: Sheedy v Mansouri too close to call, says Taylor

Lewis Taylor finds it almost impossible to predict a winner from the Sam Sheedy v Nav Mansouri English light middleweight contest at the Magna on Saturday.

Taylor has his own English belt to compete for on the same bill; he takes on Stafford’s Grant Cunningham for the middleweight version.

Lewis Taylor

Lewis Taylor

But, if he is on first, he hopes to be able to witness the Sheffield v Rotherham derby spectacle.

Taylor said: “I’ve had a couple of sessions sparring with Sam; he is fit and sharp. He is awkward, but Nav is a good kid as well, it will be an interesting fight and one I’d like to watch. I don’t want to predict because I like them both but I think I’d probably go Nav, but Sam is awkward, he is tricky and styles make fights so Sam could put him off his game. He could make it hard work for Nav. Nav has got the title already; he’s got to cling on to it with both hands and Sam is coming to take it. Being the underdog, you have got no pressure on you.”

If Taylor beats Cunningham in his own battle, then he said the “sky’s the limit” for him.

“I want to keep going up, taking those steps. I want to win English, British, European, just keep going.”

The Dronfield boxer, 25, was disappointed to watch Adam Etches lose to Sergey Khomistsky. “Adam is obviously got to go back a bit, get his confidence back. I didn’t really expect it. I thought he’d beat him quite comfortably. But then he walked on to one of Khomitsky’s right hands. He got caught with quite a few in the first round. We have got this rivalry and to be honest he is still a mate from school so it wasn’t nice to see. A few people said he has been believing his own hype but this might have done him a favour bringing him down to earth to get him back on track, get his feet planted again. You learn more from a loss that you do for a win.”

Taylor added: “He’ll probably go back to the drawing board and look at moving his head, working a bit more defensively. He has got the power there already.”

Taylor, who has been sparring with Russian Andrey Meryasev, Huddersfield’s Alistair Warren and Reece Cartwright from Leeds said lots of people would like to see him to square off against Etches, one day. He concluded: “I will fight anyone.”

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