Debut Corner with Ryan Crawford

Published On Monday, August 31, 2015By
28-year-old 'Ryno' from Hillingdon, London embarks on his debut on September 5th at the home of boxing - York Hall. The packed show features a host of unbeaten talents in Jose Lopes, Robert Asagba, Andrew Joicey, Jordan Joseph, Matthew Wilton, Biola Kudas, Lucas Balingall and many more. Here's what the talented heavyweight had to say... What made you want to start boxing? I've always been a fighter in and out of the ring. I started my trade on the street but boxing has kept me disciplined and out of trouble, that's why I started boxing.”   Who was your boxing hero growing up and why? “I can't pick one but Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson were my boxing heroes. Frazier for his personality and fighting style and Tyson for his explosive power and speed.”   How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do? “I got scared off from the amateurs when I was a kid at around 14-years-old when I sparred three brothers at Hayes ABC. I beat the youngest, then the middle brother and then I got beat up by the eldest and didn't go back lol!   I then had my first unlicensed fight for promoter Joey Pyle at Cesears in Streatham Hill aged 21. It was a funny old place, full of gangsters and it always kicked off after. It was a very scrappy fight, my opponent just come at me windmilling and I then KO’d him in the first minute. That was one of the best feelings ever.” Ryan Crawford Queensbury How well did you do in the amateurs? I then went back to the amateurs fighting for Northolt ABC and had six fights (4-2) but I was robbed on a home show of a victory, I remember hitting the guy with a beast of a left hook hit him so hard his head guard flew off! I carried on punching going for the KO and the ref waved it off. I thought I had won but I actually got disqualified for hitting him without his headguard on. I was gutted as all my friends and family were there I then left on a bitter note. I didn't enjoy the amateurs, I've seen some crazy decisions and it was never my style of boxing.   I then went back to my roots to the unlicensed scene but it had changed and improved a hell of a lot. These shows were now being televised and run really well, just like a pro show. I then had nine fights, all unbeaten, the majority by way of KO. I wasn't training particularly that hard and was winning.   What made you decide to turn pro? “I started training with Don Charles and started winning some titles and improving more and more I was then training as hard as a pro. I was then offered an opportunity to turn over by Steve Goodwin. I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to train in America at the Wildcard in LA and Mayweather gym in Vegas, this was a great experience for me, I sparred some top names and met some good people and I did have an opportunity to stay out there but I want to establish my career over here first.”   What team do you have around you? “I'm now based at the Peacock Gym in London and couldn't be happier, it's like a family that place. Martin and Tony Bowers have been absolute gents, I enjoy training there even though I travel every morning across London to get there but it's worth it have some top sparring there.”   What sort of fighting style do you have? “I've always been a brawler, I just love having a tear up. But I'm now becoming a good boxer and learning different styles I don't want to be one dimensional.”   What ambitions do you have for your pro career? “I want that Lonsdale belt more than a world title! I would be very proud to be a British champion that is my goal. I'm lucky enough to train with the current champ Ovill McKenzie, we spar on a regular basis which is great for me, so hopefully I can reach that level.”   When is your first fight and who will be there in support? “My pro debut is on September 5th at York Hall, Bethnal Green London. I've always got an army of support and I'd like to thank everyone that buys a ticket without them I wouldn't be doing this so thank you.” Ryan Crawford Fight Poster Tell us something that not many people know about you? “I was very close to joining the Royal Marine Commandos when I was younger, I had signed all paperwork but pulled out at the last minute. I've got maximum respect them guys!”   For tickets to the debut fight please call: “Ringside & VIP are now sold out but I still have some remaining standard tickets left. Call 07803443585 or log onto link below and tickets will be posted to you”.