Sam Hyde is a twenty one year old cruiserweight from Sale, Cheshire. He has a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 0 defeats in his career so far, with two of these wins coming at the Phones 4 U Arena.
He is currently trained by experienced former pro Ensley Bingham (who also trains Jimmy Kilrain Kelly who featured in another one of the Under the Radar articles) at Champs Camp in Moss Side.
Despite a recent split from his previous management team, he has now resolved any issues surrounding this and is ready to get back in the ring.
Sam has not been matched up with easy fights in his career. In his first five fights, he has beaten a tall southpaw in Jakub Wojkic and drawn with a tough fighter with a winning record in Wayne Brooks whilst having a cracked rib.
Sam has done an exclusive interview with InstantBoxing.com, here is what he had to say:
How do you assess your professional career so far?
It’s gone as planned. It’s been quality so far. I’ve been on two arena shows at the Phones 4 U Arena, but it’s almost come to a holt with the recent split from my manager but we’ve split on good terms. I feel like I’ve got a new lease of life because it’s like I’m starting my career again now. I’m going into this second part of my career looking for titles and with my new management team everything is going to plan.
How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
I’m very fast, powerful and very explosive. I like coming forward and hitting my opponent with quick fast powerful shots. It’s an exciting style and that’s why ticket sales are always good. That’s why people remember me, on every small hall show everybody seems to know me and waits around for my fights because of my style and now it’s about doing the same on arena shows.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
Definitely. When I got picked for GB the scoring system was points for each punch landed but my best shots are hooks and body shots which aren’t counted. I was never suited to the amateurs, but I would probably fit into the amateurs now because they are now scored like a pro round. It was definitely the right move for me to become professional at the time. When I got onto GB, I just couldn’t pursue it any further because of the style I had.
How do you find training as a professional?
I love it. It’s hard because I never used to train as an amateur. The gym I went to was only open twice a week so I had to adjust and go to Gary Booth’s pro gym that’s open five to six days a week just so I could get into the routine. I then moved up to Champs Camp and it’s just unreal. I just get my head down and get to work. Another thing I struggle with is when I don’t have a fight scheduled, motivating myself to get into the gym, but I’m a lot better at that now.
What’s it like to have the experience of Ensley Bingham in your corner on fight night?
It’s quality. In that ring it’s all about confidence. With all the stuff I do in the gym, I go into the fight 100% confident and when Ensley Bingham tells me what to do I believe him. He’s been there and down that. He’s filled out the MEN Arena (now Phones 4 U Arena) and he knows what he’s talking about, which just gives me a new lease of confidence.
Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?
My most difficult fight was against Wayne Brooks because I had cracked rib, I injured my intercostal muscle and I had bad food poisoning. I need a few more wins under my belt but I’m ready for that next step. The only issues I’ve had have been due to myself when I haven’t been fully fit.
I know you were ill before the Wayne Brooks fight which you went on to draw, what did you learn from the experience?
One of my main aims was to fight at the Phones 4 U Arena. My second fight came along at the Arena and it was a massive dream come true. My third fight was also at the Arena and obviously I was dying to fight. In my second fight I knocked my opponent out in 56 seconds and people were telling me I was daft for fighting, but I couldn’t wait to get back in there. I just believed in myself that much that I didn’t need to train. Obviously I would have if i didn’t have my cracked rib, and it wasn’t nice in there. After the first round it was horrible, I was so unfit and I didn’t have an confidence. You get all your confidence from your training knowing that you can do this and I didn’t have any of that. I would never go into the fight now without a training camp. I managed to get through it and managed to avoid the loss. He’s very good Wayne Brooks and nobody fights people like him in their third fight, especially when they’re injured. I didn’t have the explosiveness that I usually have I was just an average fighter. There were glimpses of all of my attributes, but most of them had been taken away.There was only a quarter of Sam Hyde in the ring. Most importantly, I learnt a lot about myself. It was tough in there but I was never going to give it up and I took a fight like that which shows that I will get in the ring with anyone.
You’ve been knocked down and got back up to win, does that show the character that you have as a fighter?
That training camp went absolutely perfect and I sparred with so many good kids. At the last minute my opponent pulled out and nobody would fight me. We then got this six foot six southpaw who was absolutely huge. I don’t care about size it was just the fact that he was a southpaw. We didn’t do any work for southpaws and we got this opponent on the Wednesday before the fight so we had no time to do anything. I moved to the left and I just got caught by him. It was just one of them things and it was flash knockdown. That will be me during my career, I will only stop getting up when I am knocked out. If I get put down I’m getting up again.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Fighting at the M.E.N has been quality and being talked about as much as I have been has been good. But my highlight has go to be my debut at Bowlers. I had all of my friends and family there and everyone was screaming my name. I realised that I had made it as a pro, and I will always remember that.
What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?
To go all the way. I’m 21, young and I know I’ve got all of the talent. It’s all about learning. I’m not expecting a straight round, I know it will be tough and there will be tough times when I get hurt, but I won’t stop until I have gone as far as I can.
Now you’re under new management, where do you see yourself in a years time?
In a years time I will be looking to fight for a version of the youth world title.
Sam Hyde certainly has the power required in the pro game, but not only that, I attend his fights with both Wayne Brooks and Jakub Wojkic, and on both occasions he proved that he has both the heart and determination to dig in and get the win. With a strong amateur pedigree as well, he is one to watch in the future.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15