Sandy Ryan: A New Beginning
It was the dream, three Olympic cycles, all ended in frustration. Sandy Ryan achieved plenty in her amateur career. The 2018 Commonwealth champion, a world championship silver medalist in 2014. The medals and accolades kept coming. But what Ryan craved the most, didn’t.
But with the unpaid ranks now behind her, a new journey and challenge has begun.
The potential is obvious, another possible shining light for women’s boxing. Ryan turned professional and signed with Matchroom Boxing earlier this year, Eddie Hearn sees a golden future, and Ryan will be advanced quickly in the professional ranks. She is far too good to be held back.
The Team GB story began in 2011, and when Ryan waved goodbye this year, thoughts turned to replicating the success in a different code.
Ryan hasn’t had it easy, lockdown was particularly hard. She suffered badly from depression, Ryan didn’t want to box any more. It was deep but it was eventually defeated and the love and desire for her sport returned.
A long-standing shoulder injury needed fixing, the rehabilitation was long, but successfully navigated. In many ways, Ryan is now back and firing on all cylinders.
Ryan is only 27, and will see her peak as a professional. There are big ambitions, a desire to fight at Pride Park, the home of her beloved Derby County. The aspirations don’t end there, Ryan wants world titles at multiple weights.
“I want to win a world title at two or three weights, and I believe I can do it as well.” Ryan has confidence in abundance, her talents give her every reason to be optimistic about her future.
Signing with Hearn has given Ryan the connections to give her what she craves. It could be swift, a few fights, a few wins, could see Ryan at a very high level.
It all starts on July 31st, the first week on the second incarnation of Fight Camp. The back garden is the same, but unlike the 2020 version, Ryan will get to perform in front of fans. The perfect setting for the first steps on the road to potential world titles.
The amateur career may have ended with regrets and a dream unrealised, but Saturday night is a new beginning. The progress is likely to be rapid, Ryan has the look of a fighter in a hurry.
Kirstie Bavington is up first, a tough assignment for the first fight, but a sensible one. There will be cobwebs to dust off, but equally, a chance to make a statement.
Ryan will be eager to impress, expect her to do exactly that. The super-lightweight hopeful is determined to make up for lost time. In a thriving sport, Ryan is a potential new star.