Warm Weather Training For Woolridge

Ryan Woolridge has been warm weather training on the job after combining a business trip to Jamaica with his preparations.

He’s been clocking up the air time ahead of when BCB Promotions are once again at the Hangar Events Venue, in Wolverhampton, for another Friday fight night, on April 28.

Woolridge is an electrician and runs a company, Limitless Installations, with his brother, Jamie. He would be reaching for his passport, after one particular job came in.

The 22-year-old wouldn’t just be sunning himself on the Caribbean island, though, with a training camp still to consider, alongside his work commitments.

He would hot-foot it back to Great Wyrley Boxing Club, who he represented to the tune of 12 wins from 20 amateur bouts, and coach Peter Hickenbottom, upon landing back in England.

Woolridge is now ready to resume his efforts in the super welterweight division, where he currently stands at 5-0, with two six-round successes already in the bag.

A trio of four-rounders saw him outpoint Kearon Thomas, Paul Cummings and MJ Hall. Cummings was floored in their clash, with only Hall able to snare even a share of a round.

Dwain Grant is the only man so far to claim a session against Woolridge, who battled hard to get past his first six-rounder and had his hand raised, on points, through a 58-56 scoreline.

Woolridge was far more dominant against Joe Hardy, though, and secured another six-round points victory, that time through a 60-54 whitewash verdict, before heading overseas.

His cousin, Jay Jay Tonks, will also debut on the next Hangar offering. Woolridge is sponsored by Taundry Doors, Direct Access, Smart Factory Solutions, Plum Logo and James Evans Financial Services.

He said: “There is an energy company that we sub-contract for, who wanted some metres fitting that will, eventually, be rolled out all over the country, so I ended up going to Jamaica.

“The flight there was just over 10 hours, direct from Gatwick (Airport), and we were there for six days. It was on a compound, but there was a gym.

“I was able to do weights and circuits, although we weren’t really allowed to go outside of the compound for a run. I did what I could, where I could, so I wasn’t slacking off.

“We had a few problems going home and we ended up getting stuck in Miami, so it took nearly two days getting back. I landed on a Friday tea-time and went straight to the gym.

“I slept until Sunday morning and then sparred with Ashley Pettigrew (fellow pro), so it was like jumping back into the grinder. That was what I wanted, though.

“I’m always busy with work, but I run to the gym and back now. It’s in Great Wyrley and I live in Bloxwich, so it’s three-and-a-half miles each way.

“I’ll have a holiday in June, to Corfu, but I wanted to get another fight in before then, then a couple or three more later this year. I’ve got no worries about my fitness.

“I’ve had a couple of six-rounders now and won them both, but Dwain (Grant) was the harder opponent. Joe (Hardy) went into his shell a bit.

“Joe was quite open, at the start, and I caught him with a one-two (combination) in the first round and I saw his legs go. I’ve hurt people before, so I’m adding that to my armoury.

“If I’d have had a little more experience, I’d have probably got him out of there, but it’s all good learning. There were nice things that I could take away from it.

“I want to test myself more, this time, and put on that added pressure. My boxing brain is developing well, so there should be improvements.”

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

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