Sandy Ryan Looking For Revenge
There have been demons to conquer, thoughts flickered that her career was already over after just four fights. It was supposed to be just another step. The world title almost certainly would have been next. Chantelle Cameron would likely have been a fight too soon at this stage of her career. But make no mistake, that is where Sandy Ryan was heading. Ryan hadn’t put a foot wrong in her three previous outings as a professional. She looked like the best prospect in the sport.
Excuses could have been found and Ryan could have gone in another direction. She deserves credit for risking plenty in the rematch.
Ryan talked about complacency leading up to the first meeting with Erica Farias. The talk was about how and when she would win. Not if. Always a dangerous narrative. Especially for the fighter in question. And motivation for the supposed sacrificial lamb.
Farias, a two-weight world champion came with genuine credentials and experience at the top level. But everything was forgotten in the hype train that followed Ryan. The British fighter can be excused if all the hype lead to the complacency she talked about. There can be no such excuses second time around.
It all went wrong for Ryan, a game plan to box at range was lost as the punches were exchanged. A good fight. But one that was quickly slipping away from the then unbeaten Derby prospect. It was close. It was split but the Argentine veteran got the nod. And deservedly so.
But Ryan seems different this time, as the rematch approaches on Saturday night in Sheffield. What went wrong in preparation last time has seemingly been put right. Revenge is always a big motivation. Ryan talks about a career-defining fight. It might not be quite that, but it says plenty about her mindset. And her ambitions. Despite the loss, they have not been dimmed.
The defeat in Nottingham in March could end up being the making of Ryan. With lessons learned, Ryan could become a much better fighter from the upset loss she suffered at the hands of Farias.
The odds are a little closer this time, but Ryan is still heavily favoured to reverse the result from March. And that is how this observer sees it. Despite having a bad night at the office, Ryan still nearly left Nottingham with her unbeaten record still intact. She won’t need much more to win. I believe we will see a lot more.
Farias shouldn’t be overlooked, and we shouldn’t forget that no matter what Ryan did wrong, Farias did a lot right. But Ryan, with more thoughts to her boxing skills, should win. And maybe a little easier than some might think.
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