Dave Ryan: Commonwealth champion has sights on world title

Dave Ryan (left) lands a punch on John Wayne Hibbert
Ryan has won 17 of his 25 fights

Commonwealth light-welterweight champion Dave Ryan has the potential to fight for a world title, according to his manager Clifton Mitchell.

Ryan recovered from two knockdowns to retain his belt with a thrilling ninth-round stoppage of John Wayne Hibbert at London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Derby boxer is now 12th in the WBC rankings.

"Who says he can't box for a world title? It's in our sights," Mitchell told BBC Radio Derby.

"He's got the ability and belief. It opens a lot of doors for him."

Ryan, who was fighting on the Kell Brook-Frankie Gavin undercard, recorded his second win against Hibbert, having beaten him on points in 2013.

And he was delighted with the progress he and his team have made since.

"It's massive, 12th in the world," Ryan added. "We've put a lot of hard work into it all as a team both outside and inside the ring."

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