Hyde Off to Winning Start in 2015
By Matt Bevan
Sam “NOWHERE2” Hyde got his 2015 off to a winning start, as he got the better of Jason Jones after four rounds at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on April 14th.
Sam moves to 4-0-1, but looked like he was on the way to getting back to his best, after injuries had hampered him during his debut year. He eventually got the decision 39-35 on points, with both fighters getting a point deducted during the course of the fight.
The Sale cruiserweight came out swinging in the opening round, but once he settled down behind his jab and began to land with the right hand, it was clear that Jones didn’t want to know and exchange with him.
Jones was very cautious and it was nearly his downfall, as Sam upped the pressure in the second and was well on top. Jones looked almost out on his feet and clung on to survive the round.
Sam was landing regularly with his right hand, but Jones had decided to try and frustrate him by holding. However, referee Mark Lyson had seen enough and duly took a point away from the Skegness man for holding in the third.
Jones finally decided to try and attack at the start of the fourth, but was quickly back in to survival mode, as Sam pushed forward. But, Lyson also took a point off Sam after a head clash, in what was becoming a messy fight.
It was a good win though and Sam is definitely getting back to his best that he demonstrated against Elvis Dube on his debut and the blistering performance against Tommy Gifford last year.
After the fight in an interview with VIP Boxing he said: “I’m still trying a bit too hard to get people out of there, so I just need to settle down a bit, stop swinging as much and it’ll come.
“He was a tough guy, who hadn’t been dropped, let alone stopped, but he was nearly gone in the second. But all-in-all I’m happy to get a win under my belt and we’ll move on to the next one.”
One of Sam’s trainer’s Dan Murray added: “As soon as he felt Sam’s power he didn’t fancy it. He just needs to calm down a little bit because when he used his jab and feints, he looked really good.
“Sam has got great potential and tremendous power, but we have got to refine it. But we don’t to change his style, so once we get that right, then he can go a long way.”