Ryan, 20, starts his journey in the world of professional boxing this Saturday night at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth (original venue The Pyramid Centre was flooded) on a Mickey Helliet promoted fight card. He has been matched against ever present Birmingham fighter Sid Razak in a four round lightweight contest.
What made you want to start boxing?
“I used to play football at a high level playing for Aldershot Town during my teens but then I got bored of football and wanted to try another sport, so I chose kick boxing. I was around 17 when I started and I have been flat out in the gym ever since.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I didn’t watch that much boxing at all when I was younger. I am more interested these days and my favourite fighters right now are Ricky Burns and Scott Quigg.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“I didn’t have an amateur boxing career at all. I come from a kick boxing background where I had seven fights and won a title.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“There are some people saying that I don’t have enough experience to become a professional boxer but that doesn’t really bother me. Once I won my kick boxing title I was really dominating my fights, skill wise I was progressing really quickly. I have been getting really good sparring with Floyd Moore, Romeo Romaeo and Garry Neale which has bought me on no end.
“Now I am making the transition into pro boxing I can feel my strength coming on so I just know the time is right to turn pro.”
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I am a qualified plumber but in the last two weeks I have stopped working as much so I can concentrate on my boxing training. I don’t want to have any regrets about my boxing career so I am going to give it 100% and see how far I can go.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I think I will be an aggressive fighter, but I like to use my skills as well.”
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“I want to win titles and go as far as I can. I will take every fight at a time but my main aim is to get a Southern Area title and see how it goes from there.”
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