Sam Recovers from Knockdown to Beat Wojcik on Points
Sam Hyde ended his first year as a professional on a high, but he had to get off the floor in the first round to beat the tough Jakub Wojcik 39-38 on points at Bowlers Arena in Manchester.
It was a tough test for Sam, but another step in the right direction, as he looks forward to what will hopefully be a busy 2015, starting on the 23rd January at the Phones 4 U Arena, back in Manchester, on the undercard to Anthony Crolla’s world title fight with Richar Abril.
Sam outworked Wojcik throughout the fight but the early knockdown made it a much harder night than it could have been. However, Sam recovered well from the early setback, to put in a good second and third round to go ahead in the fight, before coping well with some heavy pressure thrown his way by the Polish opponent.
Wojcik was a tough opponent and much better than his record suggested. His height certainly gave Sam some early problems and he provided the stern test that Sam requires at this early stage of his career.
It was still a good performance from Sam, who was tiring in the final round, off the back of the physical strength of Wojcik, who despite the close scorecard from referee Steve Gray, was soundly beaten.
Sam said: “It was a tough night in the end. I was moving to the left, doing well, but then I got caught. I would have won the round but they gave it to him because of the knockdown, but I got up from it and did well”.
“It was four good rounds in the end and four rounds which I definitely won. It wasn’t close to be honest, but the knockdown obviously went against me. I gassed a bit in the fourth, but he was big and strong and he took it out of me a bit, but at the end of the day I’m still learning and that ticks another box.”
Manager Kev Kinsella said: “What happened tonight is another learning curve for Sam. He got the win, which is the important thing. We didn’t have any southpaw training for the fight, but he’s had to fight one tonight and he did well.
“Sam showed character tonight, but as I keep saying there is no one prepared to fight him in the country. He was a little bit naïve tonight, but Wojcik is the sort of guy you have to face on these small hall shows because no one will go in with them.”
Trainer Ensley Bingham added: “Sam is big, strong and powerful, but he tried to use that tonight instead of his boxing brain. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board, watch the tape and put things right. He’s got to use his boxing ability, because in the cruiserweight division you can’t just go out and destroy people.”
Article written by Sports Journalist, Matt Bevan