Three Reasons To Watch Sandy Ryan
Basic Info: Sandy Ryan is a women’s boxer fighting in the 140 lbs, who is 28-years-old, and appears to be fast-tracked to world title contention. Ryan will be fighting March 12th, in Nottingham, on the Leigh Wood vs Michael Conlan undercard, as Ryan faces Erica Anabella Farias, a fighter, who has over ten times the professional experience of Ryan, who is undefeated going into her fourth pro fight, which will be shown on DAZN.
Frias has lost to Jessica McCaskill, twice, and Mikaela Mayer in her last three bouts, so it is clear Ryan is trying to vault herself into the title conversation. To me, Ryan is one of the most interesting prospects in women’s boxing, but let me explain why quickly.
Most notable is Ryan spent 9-years on Team GB, the Olympic team, and as you can see in the videos below Ryan is investing in her career, hiring a strength and conditioning coach, and going to extra lengths to get the most out of her career.
Ryan has a massive amount of amateur experience, and though people can say boring stuff like “…pro boxing isn’t the amateurs,” – the amateurs do matter. Ryan has won international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games, moving forward she should be at the top of her division. Also, Ryan in her last two years as an amateur saw her only losses being split or majority decision losses. Meaning she was never outclassed in international competition.
Yet, Ryan never fought in the Olympics despite all the time spent in the amateur system, which is something to take note of.
2) Body Shots
It is rare to see young pros who go to the body, and yet that is probably the biggest strength of Ryan’s game is that she targets the body, especially with a left hook. Her intentions are mean, and not unlike Chantelle Cameron, Ryan is not trying to be friends with anyone she fights and her mentality is a throwback. Ryan is elite, and mean. Those two traits are rare, as they often function in singular sentences.
A fighter who targets the body often will be a good pro. Add to that, Ryan has a good jab, and we are looking at a fighter who could have a breakout year in 2022.
3) Great Future Fights To Be Made In The Future
Ryan is at or around the weight of the following fighters, Chantelle Cameron, Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, Jessica McCaskill, Terri Harper, and Alycia Baumgardner. If she were to fight one of them this year that’d be great, two this year even better. Ryan in three fights is an eight-round fighter. That means she is not trying to be moved slowly, she wants to fight the best, and take on challenges.
The fearlessness Ryan is showing in her pro career, should be applauded, women’s boxing is turning into the flyweight division in which good fights are being made, and a fight between my personal favorite fighter in the women’s division, Chantelle Cameron I think could be in its own, and if done right, a throwback to the Chris Eubank vs Nigel Benn, or Eubank vs. Micahel Watson era. I know those are big words, but I expect a lot from both.