It has been an odd few months for Ryan Griffiths but after a period of uncertainty he will get the chance to let his gloves fly on December 1st at BCB’s show at the Bescot Stadium in Walsall.
The unbeaten 22-year-old from Dudley has racked up three quick wins as a pro since turning over back in March, going the distance in each with Paul Cummings, Karl Simpson and Stefan Vincent, the last of which proved a much trickier test than anticipated.
Griffiths was put down late in the second round but managed to recover well and did enough to get the nod from referee Kevin Parker by the slimmest of margins 39-38. It was a performance that he knows cannot be repeated.
“I was really flat,” said Griffiths. “Theres no excuses really, I know I am a lot better than what people saw, maybe I over trained or didn’t quite get the nutrition right but I got the win, and I can move on. The knockdown was a slip, I wasn’t hurt by it but in a four round fight being dropped means you have to win the others clearly which despite it not being my best showing I thought I did that and got the win”.
Since that night the full time Tesco shift manager was heavily linked to a potential Prizefighter style tournament but after much conversation and training the opportunity fell away.
“I have been a bit all over the place with it, I stayed in camp, kept myself in the gym and I have been in fight shape now for twenty weeks. It’s difficult not knowing when you are fighting and as I have showed I want to be busy and box as often as I can with the right fights. There has been a bit of uncertainty but now thanks to Errol I have a date to focus on and December 1st I will show that the Vincent performance was a blip and you will see the best of me”.
The BCB stable is awash with talent and Griffiths has been able to get in some high-quality sparring with the British and European super bantamweight champion Liam Davies.
“The rounds with Liam have been brilliant, getting that experience in has been massive for me also being in with Kane Baker. Their styles are different and they have both achieved a lot so to get work in with them both has been brilliant and something that will continue”.
“I had no amateur background in boxing, so I am still learning but I do have big goals and I want to win the British title at featherweight. Being active is a massive part of my life and I have picked up a second job at Dudley Council working in sport. I’m happy being busy and feel like my work life training balance is in a good place. I just can’t wait to rewrite some wrongs and have a big year in 2024”.
Tickets for the Bescot Stadium show on December 1st are available priced at £40 standard and £75 VIP directly from the boxers or by contacting email@example.com.