Alfredo Meli has flown under the radar for most of his career.
The Belfast middleweight is respected by the purists and the boxing family in Ireland as a mechanic, who has some engine in the ring, with the talent to certainly leave a mark at domestic level.
A full time job, lack of promotional backing and the fact he was probably a light middleweight competing at 160lbs were some of the reasons given by those who sang his praises as to why he hadn’t got the breaks or quite stepped into the consciousness of less staunch fight fans.
He got sometime in the spotlight when he traded leather with Conrad Cummings in the Waterfront last December in what played out to be an enthralling draw.
However, his real chance to progress and make waves comes in Sheffield this Saturday night when he challenges for the Commonwealth title at light middleweight.
am looking forward to the fight and getting back in the ring. I thought I won the fight against Cummings – but this is boxing and these things happen.
If Meli defeats Sam Sheedy on Saturday night he will add a prestigious and career progressing title to his resume and he claims he isn’t going to let the chance go to waste.
“Sheedy is a good fighter and I am looking forward to the challenge.The aim is to win on Saturday night and then move upwards and onwards,” the 25 year old told the Belfast Newsletter.
“Preparation has been going very well and I have been sparring with the likes of Martin Lindsay, Joe Fitzpatrick, James Fryers and JD Meli.
“This is a big opportunity for me and I am ready to take it.”