Former kickboxing world champion, Ryan Lyall from Scotland talks to us about turning his hand to professional boxing.
The 26-year-old light-middleweight debutant is nursing a hand injury but expects to making his pro bow in the early summer.
Here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
“Although I done kickboxing, I was always a big boxing fan and a bit more than a casual fan so thought it be great to be involved in the pro side of it.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“There was never just one boxing hero, I loved to watch them all. Scott Harrison was great to watch in his day, Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton were the greats though. Just now, I love to watch Kell Brook, I’m a massive fan of his and, of course, Mayweather.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“My first kickboxing fight was when I was 11 which I won and set me on my way.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“Decided to turn pro as I had done everything I could with being the kickboxing amateur world champion then professional kickboxing world champion. Now I aim to make a mark on the pro boxing scene.”
What team do you have around you?
“I have the same team around me I’ve had since I was a young kid.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I can be an aggressive fighter when needed but can also work to a plan when told, don’t think I have just one style.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I would like to get into title contention and believe I’ve got the attributes and team around me to go far.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“I was scheduled to fight Chris Wood on April 25th but due to a hand injury, its off but hoping to get my debut in June up in Scotland or even down south, I have no issues with travelling.”
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