Hyde fac­ing his big­gest bout yet


Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - BOXING By CHRIS OSTICK @MENS­ports

SAM Hyde faces the big­gest fight of his ca­reer as he sets his sights on a Bri­tish ti­tle shot – and re­demp­tion – later this year.

The Sale cruiserwei­ght meets un­de­feated Deion Jumah for his English ti­tle at Wood­house Park Life­style Cen­tre in Wythen­shawe on Sun­day.

Vic­tory in what is also a fi­nal elim­i­na­tor for the Bri­tish ti­tle would set up a re­match with the Richard Ri­ak­porhe, who holds the Lons­dale Belt.

Hyde was ahead of points in his first fight with Ri­ak­porhe in 2018 when he suf­fered an hor­rific eye in­jury which forced the ref­eree to stop what was a WBA in­tercon­ti­nen­tal ti­tle fight in the eighth round.

It is the only de­feat on Hyde’s 17-fight record, and he has been af­ter re­venge ever since.

But be­fore he can step back into the ring with Ri­ak­porhe, the 26-yearold has to over­come a tough bout with Jumah, who has won all 12 of his fights and claimed the English ti­tle with a stop­page win over Wadi Ca­ma­cho in Septem­ber.

“Ri­ak­porhe is the fight we want,” said Hyde’s trainer and pro­moted Joe Gal­lagher. “Sam is on about it all the time. But we have to deal with Jumah first, and if Sam takes his eye off the ball there will be no re­match.

“This is the big­gest fight of his ca­reer up to now.”

“Jumah is a very good fighter. He is mak­ing lots of noise, he has trained well, and make no doubt he is com­ing up here to take care of busi­ness.

“He wants those big Lon­don fights against Ri­ak­porhe and Lawrence Okolie.

“If Sam starts the year with this huge win, his name is back in the frame on the Bri­tish scene. If he wins the Bri­tish ti­tle, then we could see a Manch­ester derby fight against Jack Massey which would be a big bout at the Arena.

“But we can’t start count­ing money we haven’t got yet as they say, or claim­ing ti­tles we haven’t won. We have to stay fo­cussed and win this one.

“Sam is the un­der­dog, but he has a really good camp, he has trained well and he knows he is go­ing to have to box out of his skin.”

The bout is one of five on the lat­est of Gal­lagher’s M22 Pro­mo­tions shows, in­clud­ing a re­turn to the ring for Hat­ter­s­ley mid­dleweight Mar­cus Mor­ri­son, who last year se­cured the WBC In­ter­na­tional Sil­ver crown with a sur­prise win over Emanuele Blan­damura in Rome.

Chor­ley’s Mark Jef­fers faces Ben Thomas for the Cen­tral Area su­per­mid­dleweight ti­tle, while Mid­dle­ton’s un­beaten wel­ter­weight Connor Lynch is also on the bill.

Doors open at 12.30pm, with the first bout at 1.30pm. Tick­ets are priced £15 for chil­dren and £35 for adults.

Sam Hyde with an eye in­jury dur­ing his fight against Richard Ri­akpohre

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