Dave Ryan: Commonwealth champion targets British title

Dave Ryan
Ryan says he seriously considered giving up the sport last year

New Commonwealth light-welterweight champion Dave "Rocky" Ryan says he has a British title in his sights.

The Derby boxer won the Commonwealth belt with a majority points win in a brutal contest with Huddersfield's Tyrone Nurse in Leeds last Saturday.

Ryan, 31, told BBC Radio Derby: "It's been a long time coming but all the sweat and tears have paid off.

"Hopefully it will be a British title shot next. But defending a Commonwealth title would still be brilliant."

Ryan, who was fighting with an injured elbow, nearly gave up the sport last year and his bruising victory over Nurse came at a cost.

"I spent two days in hospital and broke my nose and cheekbone," Ryan said.

"It was not the way I wanted to celebrate but I still have the belt.

Commonwealth light-welterweight champion Dave Ryan
"There were a couple of times I thought should I hang the gloves up but I didn't give in and all the hard work has paid off. I'm good and I'm still buzzing from the other night."

"Hopefully I will be on the mend in the next couple of weeks and get back in the gym.

"There were a couple of times I thought should I hang the gloves up but I didn't give in and all the hard work has paid off.

"I'm good and I'm still buzzing from the other night. It was a very close fight and the hardest fight I have every had.

"I had a flying start and put him over in the first round and put him over in the second round on jabs alone.

"In the middle of the fight he got back into it and really had some good rounds. But in the ninth, 10th and 11th I took it to him again and nearly stopped it in the ninth.

"I was surprised the referee didn't jump it in the ninth because he was taking a bit of beating. The referee gave him the benefit of the doubt and he had a strong last round, but I got it."

And Ryan, a keen Derby County supporter, would love to fight at the Championship club's ground, the iPro Stadium.

"That would be a dream come true. To fight on the pitch would be brilliant," he said.

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