Liam ‘Cannonball’ Cameron emerged victorious in the ‘Battle of Sheffield’, knocking out rival Sam Sheedy in the 8th round of a thrilling fight, becoming the new Commonwealth Middleweight champion.
A show stopping main event to round off the brilliantly put together Dennis Hobson show. Cameron floored his man six times throughout the course of the fight, before referee Phil Edwards sensibly waved off proceedings early in the 8th.
The pattern of the fight quickly emerged. ‘Speedy’ Sam Sheedy lived up to his name, ducking and weaving around the wing, showing bursts of good work with his renowned quick hands.
However, it was the power of 26-year-old Cameron that proved the final dividends. The power of Sheedy did not seem to bother the pre-fight underdog, as he absorbed his opponent’s onslaught with relative ease, before unleashing clubbing blows of his own.
The breakthrough came in the fourth round. A clubbing left hook sent Sheedy down for the first time in the fight. A further two body shot knockdowns and a point taken for use of the head, left the now former Commonwealth champion in dire straits.
The 5th and 6th rounds showed some of Sheedy’s best work of the fight; rebalanced and refocussed, finding success with quick combinations.
Again, the shots did not phase Cameron, as he soaked them up and continued to walk down Sheedy with methodical patience. Another left hook to the body sent Sheedy down once again. A heavy head shot landed on the bell sent Sheedy reeling back into the ropes. A credit to the sport, Sheedy bravely and valiantly rose once more with gritted teeth and returned to his corner.
The brutality and ruthlessness of ‘Cannonball’ Cannon was the theme of the evening. The new champion raised the tempo one final time in the 8th, his clubbing blows landing ever more frequently before the well-timed stoppage.
With a record of 19-5 leading into the fight, Cameron was not expected to emerge victorious. The crowd at the Forge Ponds International Centre did not expect him to win. Yet now, Cameron returns home a champion, with a whole new realm of possibilities at his feet.
Aired on FreeSports TV, the fight certainly did not disappoint. Former world champion and renowned pundit, Glen McCrory was present on the commentary team, and had only praise to sing for the new television venture, talking to FightTalk.net.
‘’It’s great. It’s a new addition to boxing called FreeSports. It’s going to bring boxing free to air, something that everyone is going to love.’’
Available on Freeview, the channel aims to bring free non-subscription sport (boxing included), to the public.
‘’There’s going to be some great fights and you don’t have to pay for them. I’m very happy to be part of the FreeSports team. There’s 12 or 13 planned over the next 12 months. It’s going to be regular boxing, so it can only get bigger and better!’’
And it must be said, Dennis Hobson certainly out did himself providing the maiden show for the channel. Showcasing the finest boxing talent from Sheffield from the undercard to the main event, the veteran promotor delivered a night packed with action.
The undercard saw unbeaten Jersey man Danny Kennedy extend his record to 6-0-0 with a shutout victory over 4 rounds against the game and game and feisty Mike Castell.
The class and quality of Welterweight Kennedy shined, as he utilised angles and a variety of shots to walk out an eventually routine victory.
Danny Tombs bested journeyman Nobert Szekeres over 4 rounds in a Cruiserweight contest. Sheffield local Tombs, controlled the bout from the opening bell, landing body shots at will in the first televised bout of the evening.
A point deducted for hitting below the belt was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record, as Tombs improved his record to 8-1-2 and finishes 2017 with a victory.
In one of the standout performances of the undercard, Super Flyweight, ‘Super’ Tommy Franks moved to 5-0 with a dominating victory over the durable Anwa Alfadli.
Winning a four-round shut out decision, Franks impressed with a calm and collected performance. The Sheffield man was facing a man who plies his trade in the division above, but physically dominated and showed class from the first bell. Speaking after the fight, ‘Super’ Tommy was more than satisfied with his performance.
‘‘[The fight was] very tough. I knew he was going to be tricky. But I just wanted to get the rounds in. I think I put in a decent performance. I wanted to get him out of there but he very durable.’’
Only 24-years-old, Franks reaffirmed why many plaudits have been singing his praises. Whipping body shots and pinpoint accurate left hooks left a lasting impression on his opponent and crowd alike, as 2018 beckons potential title tilts.
‘’These are still learning fights. I have many more to come. I felt good in there tonight I didn’t feel rusty in there. Another good win. Get these fights under my belt before moving onto bigger and better things.’’
An all-round good night of boxing. I will remember Sam Sheedy vs Liam Cameron as one of the most exciting boxing fights I have seen live. Congratulations to both men. The bravery and heart of Sheedy coupled with the raw explosiveness of new champion, Cameron, left Sheffield fight fans in awe of a fantastic fight on a fantastic night of boxing.
Written by Thomas Humber