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19 NOVEMBER 2018

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Ryan Waters: One Wedding and A Boxing Promotion

Ryan Waters
Ryan Waters

By Paul Upham: Australian junior middleweight boxer and boxing promoter Ryan Waters has a lot more than usual to work through this week. Of course, fight week is always hectic when you are a self promoted boxer, Waters competes this Saturday night February 7 in Sutherland. But the following weekend, Waters has a more important match-up planned, when he marries his fiancée Cherie Moran.

“Cherie is pretty well organised,” Waters told SecondsOut, when asked how he was managing two such important events at the same time. “Cherie will be on the ball. I have let her organise a lot of the wedding.”

The couple will be married in Byron Bay next week and will then honeymoon in Hawaii and Mexico. With Cherie four months pregnant and abstaining from alcohol, Waters says he will even be looking for some sparring ‘south of the border’.

“I’m taking my gear,” smiled 31 year-old Waters. “I have told Cherie. I’d like to do some sparring while I’m over there in Mexico. Why not?”

On Saturday night at the Sutherland United Services Club in Sutherland, NSW, Waters, who holds the WBO Oriental junior middleweight title, faces 31 year-old Ade Alfons from Indonesia over eight rounds, headlining his own Left Hook Promotion.

“The indications are that we will have a great crowd on the night,” said Waters 13-2-1 (8). “We will pack it out 100%.”

In his last fight on November 28, Waters retained his WBO regional title by 7th round disqualification against the previously undefeated Pradeep Singh. After being penalised two points for infractions earlier in the fight, Singh was finally disqualified by the referee for striking Waters with his elbow.

“I think I fought well. I think I fought the right fight,” said Waters. “I stuck to the plan. There are always a few things that aren’t going to come off, but there were a lot of things that worked that I had planned on. Watching on the video, I can’t see how he (Singh) thought he was going to keep getting away with elbowing me, especially in the clinches. You would think after getting two points taken off you for the same thing, you wouldn’t do it again.”

This weekend’s boxing promotion will be the first of four that Waters is planning to stage in 2009, including two larger shows at the Cronulla Leagues Club in April and November.

“We are going to step it up slowly but surely one fight at a time and see where it goes,” Waters said of his career aspirations. “I’m not making any predictions. We are just going to take it one fight at a time and keep a level head.”

General admission tickets for the professional/amateur boxing card are available at the door for $40. Dinner table tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling 0407 270 015.

Date February 7
Location Sutherland United Services Club, NSW, Australia

Ryan Waters vs. Ade Alfons, 8 rds, junior middleweight
Ben McCulloch vs. Paz Viejo, 4 rds, middleweight

Paul Upham
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