Sam Hyde | Sam’s Story
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Sam’s Story

Sam started boxing when he was 14 at Sale West Amateur Boxing Club, run by Paul Dunne. He had his first fight at 15 in Nottingham, winning by knockout in the 1st round 1 minute in. He then won 6 more fights on the trot by Knockout/stoppage.

Sam then found it difficult to gets fights due to his record. Sam had 12 more fights after this, winning 8 of the 12. Sam has only been beaten on points once in his whole amateur career and that was a split decision. In 2011 Sam had a good year, fighting Danny Green who recently stopped a good prospect from Sam’s gym who was 2 years older. He got stopped in the second round. Sam fought him, and stopped him in the second round. Sam then won the Junior ABA title at 91kg. On that performance he was selected for England in the Tri-Nations against Scotland and Wales. Unfortunately both countries pulled out.

Sam then won the CYP championships at 91kg winning both fights by unanimous decision. He was awarded Ex Boxers boxer of the year for his success. After 3 years, he decided to change gyms to Gary Booth’s Boxing Academy in Irlam as he was only training 2 times a week. Sam got picked to fight for the North West in the Isle of Man. Sam beat Danny Linehan, a good prospect, by unanimous decision getting ‘Fight of the Night’. Sam was then selected for GB assessment but he didn’t get on, and he knew his style was not amatuer at all. Sam then entered Sweden’s Box Cup at 91kg. There were 7 entries where Sam boxed an undefeated local star, Robin Safar. He had won most fights by knockout. In his next fight, Sam then fought another local fighter, knocking him down 3 times before the referee stepped in for a first round stoppage.

“I would like to thank Mr Dunne of Sale West and Gary Booth of the Irlam Boxing Academy for all of their help and support in my amateur career. Without your help, I would not be moving on to my new Journey.”
Let the journey begin…

Sam then had few a more fights and made the decision to change gym as he felt he wasn’t working on his technical game enough. Sam went to Champs Camp to try out, and Ensley Bingham took a liking to him and told him ‘his style is built for this, and he would train him’. Sam was a bit fed up with the amateur game as he had lost hope in any Olympic dream and needed a new goal.

Turning Professional

Being around a professional set up, with top fighters by your side, pushes you to higher levels. Sam has now turned professional and he had his first outing as a professional on March 8th 2014 at Bowlers Manchester.