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#TeamMorson boxer Ben Sheedy balances working full time as a bricklayer with a budding career as a boxer. A win in his next fight puts him one step closer to putting down the trowel for good.
After joining #TeamMorson earlier this year, undefeated middleweight prospect Ben Sheedy is just days away from the biggest fight of his career as he faces Matthew Wigglesworth for the Central Area title. The fight takes place at the Macron Stadium on Friday 27th July as both men look to keep their undefeated records intact.
Morson caught up with Ben at ‘Champs Camp’ in Moss Side to see how preparations have gone.
‘Everything’s been great, I was lucky enough to spar with Rocky Fielding who’s just won a World Title which was obviously great to know you’ve been a part of that camp. We’ve been down to Jennings gym as well with Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Jeffers so I’m more than ready training wise’
Thanks to the help of Morson and other sponsors, the bricklaying Boxer has been able to take time off from his day job in the final weeks leading up to this fight in order to put all of his focus into the huge opportunity. However, Ben still reminisces hectic fight weeks where taking time off work wasn’t a luxury he could have.
‘You’re still making weight, you’re thinking about the fight and I was working Monday to Friday nine hours a day. It was hard work to say the least’
Sheedy has fought in front of a variety of different crowds from small hall shows to stacked arenas. One of the more surreal moments of the Manchester born fighter’s career so far was boxing in front of a packed Manchester Arena directly before Anthony Crolla defeated Ismael Barosso back in 2016.
‘It was a box ticked that in my second pro fight I walked out in front of 10,000 people in an arena like that. I’ve done that and not many fighters will do that in their career unless they get a championship fight’
Trainer, Ensley Bingham offered an insight into what kind of fighting style fans can expect when watching Sheedy compete.
‘He’s a box-fighter which means he can punch, he can move and he’s a punch picker. Those are the sort of things we’ve been working on and his development is coming along really nicely’
Finally, Ben gave his prediction of how Friday’s fight is going to play out.
‘It’ll be a good fight. It’ll be a tough fight but I will come out on top’