Ryan desperate to make it perfect 10 for fight fans
Chris LakeyRyan Walsh insists it's all about providing value for money on Saturday when he steps into the ring for the 10th time in his career. A big army of fans is expected to make the trip to West Ham's Upton Park ground tonight when Walsh takes on the experienced Eugene Heagney, aiming to preserve his 100 per cent record.Chris Lakey
Ryan Walsh insists it's all about providing value for money on Saturday when he steps into the ring for the 10th time in his career.
A big army of fans is expected to make the trip to West Ham's Upton Park ground tonight when Walsh takes on the experienced Eugene Heagney, aiming to preserve his 100 per cent record. Walsh is promising the Farmy Army of fans from Norfolk will get value for money from him and twin brother Liam, who are flying the family flag in the absence of older brother Michael, who has been forced to pull out because of a shoulder injury.
"I promise we will put on a good show and everyone who has paid for the �50 tickets and made the journey down will have a good time, because I want another knockout," said the super bantamweight.
"If it comes it comes, if it doesn't it doesn't, but that's what the fans want, to be fair. That's what boxing is all about, trying to get the other guy out and entertain your fans, and the neutrals as well.
"We've still not fought in Norfolk, we keep banging on about it, and keep promising that we will - I want that probably more than the fans.
"This is my 10th fight in London and I want to make sure in this 10th one that it was worth going to. That's my main objective - when I go in there I want to look good and make them think it was worth coming. I want something special, something different, for them.
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"I have had a great camp and I did last time as well, when I thought I did my job, I won and I entertained - but I want something more this time. I want to shine."
The bill is headlined by Kevin Mitchell's Interim WBO world lightweight title challenge against Michael Katsidis - and at a football ground, which is a far from regular occurrence in British boxing.
"To be on a bill like this means you can only raise your standards," said Ryan. "This is something that not many boxers get to do. Only a few of the best boxers have fought at football stadiums so in my 10th pro fight to be doing that - it is just unheard of. People usually go there to watch music concerts and be entertained - but I'd like to think myself and Liam will entertain people on Saturday and they will want to come and watch us again."
Brother Liam (7-0) faces Ibrar Riyaz, a tough super featherweight opponent with an enviable record, including a stoppage win over unbeaten Bobby Ward, who beat the Cromer fighter as an amateur.
"He's never been stopped," he said. "He's hasn't won them all, and I'm not saying he's a world beater, but no one has managed to stop him.
"He lost on points to the British champion over eight rounds at my weight so it's a good gauge. If I stop him - and I am not going out there solely thinking I must stop him - it will be a massive statement. If I do I think I could be fighting for titles as early as my next fight, perhaps one or two fights later maximum."
With Michael sidelined, and Norwich heavyweight Sam Sexton forced to pull out of his British heavyweight title showdown with Danny Williams because of his mother's serious illness, all eyes will be on the Cromer twins.
"It's unfortunate that Sam is out and it's unfortunate that Michael is out," said Ryan. "I suppose it's good that there will be more eyes on me and Liam now. There's a bit more expectation now - I feel it and I think Liam does, but this is a pressure sport. We will find out how well we thrive under the pressure.