Boucing back: Gold Coast fighter Les Sherrington’s overseas ambitions have been put on hold.
Boucing back: Gold Coast fighter Les Sherrington’s overseas ambitions have been put on hold. Scott Powick

Injury floors Sherrington

A FOOT injury has sidelined Gold Coast super-middleweight Les Sherrington for the next few months.

The injury could not have come at a worse time for the 28-year-old and his promoter Jamie Myer.

Before Christmas, Myer had arranged a shot at Kazakhstan-born WBA world 76.2kg (168lb/12 stone) champion Dimitry Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) in Germany.

Shortly before the fight was due to be announced for the end of this month, Sherrington pulled up injured after a roadwork session.

Sherrington (27-5, 17 KOs) was scheduled to fight veteran Sydney warhorse Josh Clenshaw (29-18, 14 KOs) on Myer's February 4 card at the Southport RSL.

Clenshaw will now meet Nerang's Les Piper (12-6-3, 3 KOs).

Despite this setback, Sherrington has some staunch supporters who believe he has the talent to bounce back and be a force on the international scene.

Robert Brown, from the Jamie Myer camp, believes Sherrington has enough mental toughness to overcome whatever is thrown at him.

“What I can tell you about Sherrington is this,” Brown said.

“Les Sherrington is not the kind of man who will take the easy road that in my opinion boxers such as Anthony Mundine have taken.

“This man has the heart and desire to stand toe-to-toe against the best the world has to offer, and that is all anyone can ask of any professional athlete, regardless of the sport.”

Gifted with knockout power and incredible durability, the PABA and WBF title-holder, Sherrington is unbeaten since 2008 and is aiming to take on big-name fighters in the near future.

In particular Sherrington has his sights set on Garth Wood, the reality TV show winner who conjured up one of the great sporting upsets of 2010 by defeating Mundine in December.

Brown believes Sherrington would feel confident against Wood.

“It is my personal opinion (that) Sherrington has the skill to beat Garth Wood, on the condition that he does not engage in a wrestling match or brawl and focuses on what I believe are his superior boxing skills,” he said.

“Although Sherrington does not have the physical strength of Garth Wood, I believe his boxing skills would prevail.

“Wood, in my mind, has only one string to his bow, which is to turn the fight into a messy, scrappy slug-fest.

“Sherrington can do that as well but Wood, unlike Sherrington, cannot box, and his footwork is very limited.

“So for me, both advantages go to Sherrington in that regard because of this clash in styles, brawler versus boxer/puncher.

“It is my wish that this fight be made as soon as possible, both for the world, and for the Australian boxing public.”

Brown believes if Wood can win a rematch with Mundine, the door would be open for Sherrington.

Rumours of a re-match continue to circulate but no announcement has been made as yet.

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