News April 2019

Sam Hyde benefiting from spars with Askin, Bellew & Carl Thompson!


By @jamacd2011

In the early 1980s, in the riot-torn community of Moss Side, Phil Martin opened a gym above the remains of a burned out Co-op supermarket. This gym was called Champs Camp and produced some of the iconic tales of British boxing in the following decade. Young men from an environment in turmoil walked in and went on to become champions.

Despite Martin’s death in 1994, the gym lives on and is now producing the next generation of fighters. The latest of those being cruiserweight Sam Hyde, who makes his professional debut on Coldwell Promotions’ “Call of Duty” bill this Saturday. Preparations for his first step in to the paid ranks have been overseen by two of the gym’s original stars Ensley Bingham and Maurice Core.

The coaching team called on old gym mate, former WBO champion Carl Thompson to pass on the tricks of the trade.

“It was quality, it was unreal. I look up to David Haye and Chris Eubank and he’s beaten them. I just think ‘Shit, I’m in a ring with him!' Hyde told Livefight of the experience of sparring ‘The Cat’. “He’s getting on now but he’s still fit. He can still do 12 rounds so Ensley Bingham brought him in just to show me the level of fitness I’ll need to be at and show me the ropes and stuff but I then just got a bit too sharp and needed a bit more lively sparring.”

The ‘lively sparring’ consisted of many pros, including a chance encounter which result in sharing a ring with two-time world title challenger Tony Bellew who is preparing to make his own debut in the 200lbs weight class.

“It was a fantastic experience. It came out of luck really. I was going down to spar Matty Askin, Matty got injured so I jumped in with Tony. I did very well against him, I did four rounds with him.

“I’ve been sparring Matty Askin, the English Champion, mainly. I’ve done quite a lot of rounds with him, it’s been good.”

Despite an amateur career which included two junior ABA titles Hyde always felt it was a matter of when rather than if, he’d turn pro.

His aggressive style punctuated by sickening body shots and a difficulty in finding fights in the unpaid code made it an easy decision.

“I had a short amateur carer. My first six fights, I won in the first or second round. So as you can imagine after that, 15-years-old, weighing 14 ½ stones, it was quite hard to get fights. So after that I was only really fighting in championships or against top lads. I had 21 fights, winning 17 so I only lost four.

“I’m from the same amateur gym as Ricky Hatton, Sale West. Paul Dunne the coach there trained Ricky all the way ‘til he turned pro. He teaches a come-forward style so all the boxers that come out of that gym all fight that way. I was always told from a young age that the pro game would be in my future.”

Having sold in the region of 200 tickets for his debut, all of his friends and family will be present. Does the youngster feel any pressure as they watch on with high expectations?

“No, not at all. It’ll bring me on. I’m a bit of a show off and I’m big headed so it makes it better for me. If no one was there I’d slack off a bit, but it’s going to be game on.”

Coldwell Promotions bring you an excellent show this Saturday at the Bowler’s Arena Manchester. “Call of Duty” features a terrific main event in the British Masters Featherweight title bout between Ryan Doyle and Michael Ramabeletsa. Also on the show are Liam Hanrahan, Andy Jones and much more.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01709 556 331 or by visiting

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