SHEEHAN-ROMAEO BOUT IN DOUBT

Aberdare’s Lance Sheehan (5-2, 1KO) is expecting Romeo Romaeo (3-0, 1KO) to withdraw from their fight later this month. The pair are scheduled to fight at London’s Camden Centre on May 30th in a six round contest which will be promoted by Mickey Helliet’s Hellraiser Promotions but a disagreement over the weight has cast doubt over the bout. Sheehan said, “He’s supposed to be coming in at 9st 9lbs but he says he’s been told that it’s 9st 4lbs. I’m trying to figure out what’s happening now, it’s confusing. My promoter spoke to his promoter and the fight was arranged at 9st 9lbs, so I don’t know where Romeo has got it from that it’s been made at 9st 4lbs. “To be honest with you, I don’t expect the fight to happen. I’ve been training to fight but in the back of my mind, I think when it comes closer to the fight, he’ll pull out or say I’ve got to take my weight down which I know I can’t do. It’s going to be a miracle, I think, if it comes off but we’ll soon see. “I wouldn’t be able to go lower than 9st 9lbs, I’m too tall and big for that. If I could then I’d be fighting at that weight all the time but I couldn’t do it, 9st 9lbs is the lightest I can be comfortable at.” If the bout doesn’t happen, it will be the second time in a row that a bout has fallen through for Romaeo. Last month, Romaeo was due to face two weight Welsh champion Dai Davies but the Warrior Promotions show at York Hall was cancelled. For a brief period, Sheehan was training with Darren Wilson but the 27-year-old has since returned to Paul ‘Pebbles’ Paveldish at Mountain Ash Boxing Club, the place where Romaeo spent a year of his amateur career and Sheehan believes that the link gives him an advantage. He said, “That could be one of the big reasons why he’s trying to get out of the fight now. They originally thought that my promoter, Dai Gardiner, was training me but now they know Pebbles is training me, that’s a bad thing for them. Pebbles knows everything about him, so I’ve got an advantage on him. “Pebbles has told me not to go rushing in on him, stay back because he does a lot of showboating. If it makes the fight boring, it makes the fight boring but I’m going to win. I’m going to his back yard, fighting on his home show. So, I won’t go rushing in, it’s hard enough when you fight on away shows, I’ve got to be accurate.” Should the fight happen, it will be Sheehan’s first fight in 15 months, since losing to Leeds’ talented Adil Anwar in a venture to light-welterweight. A horrendous eye injury saw Sheehan lose a Technical Decision that night in Liverpool. It came at a time when Sheehan’s wife Trudy had their second child, a girl named Macie, and those circumstances combined to result in a break from boxing. Speaking of the eye injury, Sheehan said, “My eye’s fine now, I’ve been sparring a lot now with strong boys who hit hard and it’s holding up fine. I’ve had no problems with my eye now, it doesn’t hurt and it heals up very good. I’ve had a break and it’s done my eye really good. “It took a good couple of months to heal because it ripped all the muscles inside my eye, you could actually see my bone. It took a really long time to heal. The doctor stitched my muscle up first and then on the outside, the doctor did 40 to 50 stitches.” The Anwar loss gave Sheehan back-to-back defeats, the other being a points defeat to Tony Pace for the British Masters lightweight title – a fight BoxingWales awarded the Fight of the Year 2012 – and Sheehan is now desperate to return to winning ways and he wants a rematch with Pace. He said, “Of course, I want to get back to winning ways. The Tony Pace fight is probably one I regret taking at the moment because when I took it, me and Darren Wilson had five weeks notice but after two weeks, Darren had to go to LA (Los Angeles) with Cleverly, that left me three weeks without a trainer. I sold a lot of tickets and I couldn’t let all my fans down, it was a mistake and I was jumping from a four rounder to a ten rounder. “That’s one fight I would like to have again, especially with the training camp I’m in now because I know I’d be 100% right for it. I don’t think Tony would take the fight again though. I’d step up to light-welterweight again if it meant I could fight him, I’ve got no problem getting to that weight.”

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