Dave Fidler - who has one of the most unlikely back-stories of any Sheffield boxer - intends to win a domestic title on Sunday...then hang up his gloves.
The Shiregreen light middleweight only started boxing professionally at the grand old age of 33. It’s been a turbulent ride - and one which he has had to juggle alongside his career as a factory supervisor. Now he hopes to end on a high, by beating a previous foe, Doncaster’s Adam Jones, for the Central Area title. The pair face off at the Magna Centre, Rotherham (April 26.)
Fidler said: “I could possibly say this is my last fight, it is a hard sport particularly ticket-selling. I am 36 now and it is my little story I can put to bed and be happy with. This is a proper title. If I win it, one of my heroes (former IBF world champion) Clinton Woods has had it, it would mean the world to me on that list. It’s my world title.”
Fidler (W8, L1, D2 ) expects a difficult time in his 12th performance. He drew with Jones in 2013 at Doncaster Dome and recalled: “He put me on my a**e within about 30 seconds.
“After being dropped I had to jump on him and it made for a good fight. It was all guns blazing for four rounds and I scraped a draw, luckily.
“He’s caused a few upsets. He took (Dronfield’s) Lewis Taylor to points ( last year) and I can see this is going to be a toe-toe-war because he likes a scrap and I do. It’s a 50-50. He has been in good fighters like Fewky (John Fewkes.) He gave Sam Sheedy a really good fight; I don’t take him lightly. Normally I get bored half way through (a fight) and think ‘I am fed up of this boxing malarkey, let’s have a war.’ And usually I come out of top when I use my fitness. But this guy is really fit so we will just have to see. I can’t pick a winner.”
n Popular opinion suggested Sheffield’s Junior Witter, the former WBC world champion, was ‘robbed’ in his attempt to win the EBU-EU (European Union) welterweight title in France on Friday. Judges relayed a split decision defeat to hometown boy Ahmed El Mousaoui 25, in Alpes-Maritimes, France.
Many viewers of Eurosport felt he had been the victim of an injustice, but he earned much respect with his dogged performance, at the age of 41.