BOXING: Wisbech fighter Joe Steed dedicates emotional success to his late grandfather
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Wisbech boxer Joe Steed made it two wins from two outings on an emotional night.
Steed dedicated his weekend victory in Norwich to his grandfather, Peter Parlett, who died recently.
“It was a hard four weeks camp without him and I am glad to get this one out of the way but that was for him – I knew he was in there with me,” said Steed.
The 20-year-old had a late change of opponent and ended up stepping into the ring against stablemate Duane Green, a durable journeyman who rarely gives opponents much peace.
“It was a last-minute opponent,” said Steed. “It was either that or not fight. I had sold a few tickets and had people coming over and I wanted to fight, but it was good, and good for the fans. It was hard – Duane comes to win and he didn’t make it easy.
“The first two rounds I wasn’t really moving my feet, but then I started boxing and got into it.
“I’m learning – I came out a bit slower than my first fight when I went rushing out, so this one I slowed down, sat behind my jab and tried to move and box a bit more.”
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Trainer Graham Everett has high hopes for Steed and was delighted with his performance under difficult circumstances.
He said: “It was another major problem we had losing Joe’s opponent, but to be honest with you, forget the fact those two train at the same gym and are managed by the same manager, trained by the same people didn’t they put a good fight on?
“It was a cracking fight – you put Duane in with anybody and he will always give them a good go. I thought Joe looked exceptionally good, exceptionally fast, his punch selection was brilliant.
“I do have high hopes for him and if he keeps his work ethics up he will reach the top.”