Pradeep Singh vs. Ryan Waters
By Paul Upham in Gymea: WBO Oriental junior middleweight boxing champion Ryan Waters faces the undefeated Pradeep Singh on Friday night at the Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club in Cronulla, NSW.
“We are trying to step up every fight from now on,” said Waters. “Pradeep is a step up for me. It could possibly be the toughest fight of my career so far. I am preparing like it is my hardest fight.”
Originally from India, Singh is now fighting out of Blacktown, Sydney after originally campaigning in Melbourne.
“I am very happy for this fight with Ryan,” said Singh. “I will beat him lots of ways. I am going to beat him with power, technique and stamina. Everything. I love to box, but it depends on what happens in the ring. If I get the chance to knock him out, I will.”
Waters from Cronulla, rejected Singh’s confident assertion and made his own victory promise.
“Pressure will get me the win,” he said. “I am a come forward fighter. I am not going to change the way I fight. I am going to fight the way Ryan Waters fights and that will be good enough to beat Pradeep. I can promise you that.”
There are a number of super star boxers around the world self promoting their own fights such as Joe Calzaghe, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Waters can be added to that list of boxers running their own shows.
“We have got some systems in place now that lets me promote and fight at the same time,” explained Waters. “The first couple of fights were pretty stressful for me. Now, I have got the systems in place and I can put these shows together. My fiancée Cherie works as a P.A for the head of mortgages at HSBC. She is brilliant with organising so many things with the shows.”
With a growing support base in the Sutherland Shire, Waters has staged a number of successful promotions, which also helps him in the ring on fight night.
“The local support helps me definitely,” he said. “I will have over 850 of my supporters on Friday night and that will make a big difference. Pradeep is coming into my backyard and will feel like he’d rather be back in India.”
The two boxers weighed in successfully on Thursday night at the Gymea Hotel.
30 year-old Waters 12-2-1 (8) weighed in at 69.58kg (153.4lbs).
22 year-old Singh 14-0-1 (8) weighed in at 69.64kg (153.5lbs).
The main event referee will be Will Soulos. The three judges will be Charlie Lucas, Kevin Hogan and Pat O’Connor.
General admission tickets are available at the door for $50. Dinner table seating is available by telephoning 0407 270 015. There will be a number of amateur boxing matches commencing at 7:00pm, prior to the three fight professional card.
Date November 28
Location Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club, NSW, Australia
Ryan Waters vs. Pradeep Singh - 12 rds
WBO Oriental junior middleweight title
Michael Bolling, 79.28kg vs. Joel Casey, 80.70kg - 6 rds
Brett William Smith, 60.82kg vs. Jerry Spanidis, 61.36kg - 4 rds
“I am not going in there to knock him out,” said Waters, “but if I can knock him out, I will be happy with that. I know it is not going to be an easy fight. I am going to fight a Ryan Waters style fight like I do in each and every fight.”
“I love to fight and I am staying undefeated,” said Singh.