Hyde Looking to Overcome Brooks Disappointment on Friday
Manchester cruiserweight prospect Sam Hyde is looking to overcome the disappointment of a draw with Wayne Brooks back in September, by getting back to winning ways on Dave Coldwell’s “The Heat Is On” show at Bowlers Arena on Friday night.
Hyde, was 2-0 entering the fight with Brooks, but was held to a 38-38 draw by the avoided Welshman, however Sam was well short of full fitness, after suffering an injury which left him out for four months and then illness on top of that. However he says that is no excuse for his performance on the night.
He said: “To be honest, the Brooks fight went as well as I thought it would do after everything that was going on. I’d obviously have preferred the win, but I’ll take the positives from it and I’m proud of what I did, despite the result. I know I was nowhere near my best, but I can assure you I’m ready for Friday and there will be no excuses.”
Manager Kev Kinsella added: “No one wanted to fight Wayne Brooks, but Sam stepped up to plate, despite only being 50% and took him on. We still believed he would cope and he had sold a lot of tickets, so he didn’t want to let anybody down.
“We took a risk as a team, and although it didn’t backfire on us, it definitely was a learning curve. We will now make sure he is at 100% or we’ll pull him out. Brooks came into the fight full of confidence and expecting to blow away a young prospect, but that shows the strength Sam possesses to get in with him and perform like he did.”
Hyde has taken the minor setback on the chin and returned to the gym the next day to prepare for his upcoming fight. He has gone through a rigorous nine week camp, which has included sparring with Tony Bellew, Carl Dilks and fellow hard-hitting prospect Russell Henshaw.
The 20-year-old, who will turn 21 tomorrow, is not promising a knockout on his return, but he is certainly guaranteeing that the best Sam Hyde will be in the ring on Friday in front of the usual, lively Bowlers crowd.
He said: “Bowlers always provides an unbelievable atmosphere and I promise that I will bring the best possible Sam Hyde to entertain them. I’m not promising a knockout, but if it comes, it comes. I’m going to use my boxing skills and do what I’ve been working on in the gym.
“I’m bringing plenty of support and I genuinely appreciate everything Dave Coldwell has done by getting me out again on this show. I love fighting in Manchester, and it isn’t actually too far from where I live. I’ve had a perfect camp and every aspect, like my diet, sparring and pad-work has been spot on, so I can’t wait to get in there.”
Kev finished by saying: “Sam was back in the gym the day after the Brooks draw and he is back in unbelievable shape. He’s going to be explosive and you’re going to see a different Sam Hyde. We’ve learned from our mistakes, and we aren’t going to try and keep people happy this time by fighting when he’s not fully fit.
“You can’t rush a young prospect with as much talent as Sam. Everything has to be done right. We’ve had four fights this year and we want to be even busier next year, so by the time we speak this time next year, he’ll hopefully have had 10 fights and we’ll be right up at title level.