Boxing: Leeds won’t eclipse Sheffield any time soon

Dennis Hobson with Muheeb Fazeldin
Dennis Hobson with Muheeb Fazeldin

Sheffield is in no immediate danger of losing its status as Yorkshire’s boxing capital

So says city-based promoter Dennis Hobson - who has an interest in one of the Leeds’ fighters currently catching the national eye.

Undefeated sons-of-Leeds Josh Warrington and Reece Cartwright are gaining quite a reputation.

Commonwealth featherweight champion Warrington, 25, has boxed five of his six last fights at the First Direct Arena in his home city and gets huge fan support. He fights again at the venue later this month and hopes to move on to his 24th straight win.

Middleweight Cartwright, 22, chalked up his 13th consecutive win on June 17 in Leeds.

Leeds has one other obvious star: Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title.

But compare Leeds’ headliners with the likes of Kell Brook, Kid Galahad, Adam Etches, Lewis Taylor, Sam Sheedy, Muheeb Fazeldin, Liam Cameron, Waleed Din and Sam O’maison - Sheffield continues to punch above its weight.

And that’s without factoring in South Yorkshire big-hitters like Jamie and McDonnell, David Allen and Nav Mansouri.

Hobson says it’s “a bit presumptuous at the moment” to suggest West Yorkshire could eclipse their neighbours.

“It’s early days; Sheffield is still the main city. Leeds is a big city and it’s got Josh flying the flag and also Reece who I co-promote who has won an IBF world youth title and who could be the next big thing. But Sheffield has been at the top of the tree for years, we’ve had world champion after world champion and is still the mecca of boxing in Yorkshire.”

n Hobson continues to keep an eye on the progress of Sheffield fighters O’maison and Cameron. “Sam is knocking on the door, Ryan Rhodes (trainer) looks after him and we need to have a chat about how quickly we want to push him because he’s now close to eliminator fights.

“I think in the next couple of fights he’ll be involved in titles. With Liam - if anyone wants a challenger for the British or Commonwealth titles then Liam would be there.”