Hyde Ready to Hit the Big Time by Matt Bevin
Hyde Ready to Hit the Big Time
There is a buzz around boxing in Manchester at the moment, which culminates in a big show at the Phones 4U Arena next Saturday. Scott Quigg will defend his world title and there is a massive local derby between John Murray and Anthony Crolla, alongside other local fighters.
However, the buzz surrounding one of those local fighters is growing at a rapid rate. Cruiserweight Sam Hyde, will only be appearing in his second fight on the bill, but at just 20 years old, next Saturday could be the start of something big.
Hyde’s manager Kev Kinsella, who represents the Sale fighter alongside Gary Booth, certainly believes so. They believe their fighter is destined for big things, and with the help of promoter Dave Coldwell, Hyde is in the right place to make some big waves in the cruiserweight division.
Hyde made his long anticipated debut at Bowlers Arena in Manchester last month on Coldwell Boxing’s “Call of Duty” card, winning a wide points decision over Elvis Dube. Hyde also demonstrated his power in his impressive performance, putting the journeyman down twice in the second round.
Kinsella was happy with the performance saying: “We were all very pleased with his performance and are looking forward to being out again on the Scott Quigg undercard. To be honest his debut was a little bit nerve wracking, as we had been training for it for so long, but Sam did a great job.
“Sam is unbelievably excited to be out at the Phones 4U Arena and we’re all fully appreciative of the work that Dave Coldwell and everybody at Coldwell Boxing does for us.”
Despite only having one professional fight, Hyde has already got a huge following and they will once again be out in force for his fight against Tommy Gifford next week.
Kinsella said: “Sam is a great ticket seller and his following will only continue to grow. He goes out and sees people personally, which is fantastic and he’s in a great division in the cruiserweights, where there is always plenty of excitement.
“He’s turned pro early and that will be an advantage, as he build an even bigger following. Another good performance will only get more people on board, and when he’s out again on the 21st June at Bowlers Arena, there will be even more people there for him.”
Hyde is only 20 and, as Kinsella mentioned, he has turned over to the professional ranks very early. This however is a decision his team are not regretting in anyway.
Kinsella said: “He has always had a professional style and is not somebody who will stand back and try to win on points. He did well as an amateur and got invited to a GB assessment, where he did very well.
“But, when that didn’t go any further we made a decision to go pro and explode onto that scene. He’s got great sparring in the gym and he works with former World Champion Carl Thompson, who as well as sparring with him, is 100% behind him all the way.”
The influence of Thompson on Hyde is huge, and the former British, European and World champion was in the Sale fighter’s corner for his fight against Dube. Hyde must be something special, if someone as good as Thompson was rates him already.
There’s no doubting that Hyde has a massive future in boxing and his team are certainly preparing themselves for it, although there doesn’t seem to be a big rush.
Kinsella said: “We hope that Sam can have five fights by the end of this year. With Dave’s help, we believe that that will happen. But, you’ve got to remember that he is only 20 and we’re going to be in it for the long run. He’s in a big division in the cruiserweights, so we’re going to make sure that we get everything right.”