Woolridge Looking To Go 4-0

Ryan Woolridge wants to pick up where he left off and make it a quartet of victories since turning pro.

He returns to the ring when BCB Promotions’ next offering at the H Suite arrives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, with a Friday fight night set for September 23.

‘The Rhino’ hasn’t engaged in competitive combat since March and he will double his tally for contests in 2022, with an undefeated pro record currently standing at 3-0.

Woolridge last beat southpaw MJ Hall on points, in his third successive four-rounder, by virtue of a 40-37 scoreline at the final bell, meaning he’s still yet to lose a round as a pro.

The 21-year-old super welterweight, from Bloxwich, resumes action before he turns 22 next month, having become 21 in between his first two paid contests.

He turned over in September of last year, at the age of 20, and saw off Kieron Thomas through a 40-36 verdict, with his second outing coming less than a month later.

Woolridge got off to a flying start against Paul Cummings, dropping his opponent in the first round, but couldn’t capitalise on the knockdown with an early finish.

He instead settled for his widest points success to date, a 40-35 result, and continues to make his way in the pro game, under the tutelage of coach Peter Hickenbottom.

His amateur career contained 12 wins from 20 bouts, for Great Wyrley Boxing Club and he’s the first fighter in the gym’s history to come through their ranks from amateur to pro.

Woolridge said: “I’ve not boxed for nearly six months, but I’ve just gone past my first year as a pro and this is my fourth fight. I’m not in a rush, so it’s been slow progress.

“I did want to get out in July, but that didn’t happen, so I went on holiday. I’ve been back in training since the start of August and I’ve had plenty of sparring.

“I’ve watched my last fight back since, because it’s always different being in there, and I was quite happy with it. In the ring, I thought that I made it harder than it needed to be.

“He (opponent MJ Hall) definitely turned up, on the night, and his coach told me that I’d beaten one of the best versions of MJ, so I took that away from it.

“It was the same with Paul Cummings (second pro contest). He kept coming after me and I ended up putting him on the floor. He didn’t make it easy for me.

“They have all been tough fights, my debut was a local thing and Kearon (Thomas, from Walsall) was all revved up for it. It’s brought me on, though, and I want to keep learning.

“I’m looking to pick up another win and, hopefully, get another one in before the end of the year. To be 5-0, at that point, would be about where I need to be.

“I’m a natural super welter, but my coach (Peter Hickenbottom) has told me I’ve got the frame for a middleweight, so I’ll just have to see how I grow.”

Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.

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