Manor Park boxer Walker is looking to remain unbeaten ahead of his biggest fight yet
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 November 2017
Manor Park boxer Ryan Walker will be looking to extend his undefeated start to life as a professional as he gets back in the ring this weekend.
The 25-year-old featherweight will be taking on Devon-born Jamie Speight at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday evening as he looks to make it five straight wins since turning professional.
“I can’t wait,” said Walker. “It’s my first time fighting him, but it’s my biggest fight so far as he’s the Southern champion.”
Walker believes being a local fighter should give him a mass of support which will help boost him ahead of the bout.
“I always bring a big support, I’m from Newham so I’ve got a lot of people coming down and it’s always good to have the local support,” he added.
“I got quite a big group following and they’re a noisy bunch as well, so that helps me when I go into the fight as it makes me more hungry.”
The former Fight for Peace BC member revealed how he started as a boxer and admitted it was not a surprise for him to become professional as it was always in his plans.
“I started going to a local boxing club when I was just leaving school at 16 and since then I’ve just kept it up and progressed,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to turn pro, so it’s just going ahead with what I want to do.”
The up-and-coming boxer has been hard at work since taking up the sport full-time early this year and is planning a big future.
“It’s six days a week I’m down at the gym,” he said.
“I mean once a week I go down to the track for sprints and then I’m in the gym three or four times a week with my coach and then I train by myself as well in the evening.
“I’m always training, as if I’m not in gym, I’m running. If I’m not running, I’m in the gym.”
The local hopeful also revealed he tries to focus on his own career instead of looking up to any other boxers.
“To be honest I’m more focused on myself,” he added.
“I do look up to other boxers, but mainly I just watch my own fights and see what I can improve on myself.
“I know it sounds a bit big-headed to look at myself, but that’s what I do, so I can pick out things to improve on.”
Walker is already planning a big future and has set himself the end goal of a world title.