By Wayne Bartlett: In boxing, ring monikers are often designed to strike fear into opponents.
Ominous introductions such as Iran ‘The Blade’ Barkley, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, the list goes on of fighters whose ring names strike a sense of foreboding for both opponents and fans.
Sometimes though, ring monikers are just plain descriptive.
It is this category that Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor falls into.
With a steady maturity to match his aggression, the Upminster prospect has thus far crashed, banged and walloped his way throughout an undefeated professional apprenticeship of eleven months.
Having recorded his fifth pro win on the undercard of the recent Kell Brook - Carson Jones fight in Sheffield, the only blot on Taylor’s record is the draw which occurred on his debut.
A draw the 24 year old describes as ‘a nightmare’.
Cut after a clash of heads, docked a point and forced to weigh in just an hour before getting into the ring on the undercard of the Prizefighter light middleweight tournament, it was a painful introduction to the paid ranks.
“It was a nightmare,” said the no-nonsense lightweight. “The board turned up late, I weighed in at 6:30 and fought at 7:30! According to the rulebook I shouldn’t have even fought. I got more time in the amateurs to rehydrate!”
“No excuses though, at the end of the day I should have beat Dan Carr with no hands. I was on my way to a stoppage. In the second round he was knackered and I was smashing him.
“In the third round I went in for the kill and he head butted me. I got cut, there’s blood pouring down my face and he jumped on me a bit so I probably lost that round.
“And in the fourth round I nutted him and got a point taken off. It was murder!”
Despite sounding like a fight scene from a Guy Ritchie film, the way in which Taylor describes boxing and his fights is as engrossing as it is contagious.
It’s clear Taylor simply loves what he does.
So much so the all action fighter even took on the role of matchmaker, to try to arrange a return with his debut opponent to avenge the draw himself!
“I’ve got respect for Dan Carr. After the fight I actually got his number, spoke to him and tried to get a rematch!
“He’s done his job at the end of the day. I learned the hard way but I learned, and now he doesn’t want it with me, he asked for way too much money and priced himself right out.
“I’d love to fight Carr again but if not I’ll put it behind me. I didn’t lose at the end of the day.”
After an 80 fight amateur career that saw him box in the New York Golden Gloves after living in America for four months. Taylor returned home to win the Yorkshire title in the unpaid ranks before turning professional.
Under the tutelage of Tony Sims and training alongside the likes of Darren Barker and Lee Purdy, Taylor admits he has a great team around him. Especially with Britain’s fastest rising promoter Eddie Hearn fronting him with his talent laden Matchroom stable.
With the way Taylor fights, Hearn won’t have to do much in the way of promoting his man, as two wins after his debut, the lightweight was involved in a three round thriller with Robert Deakin that saw the prospect hit the deck and Deakin floored twice.
“Again I was all over him; I caught him with a left hook, boom, he went down in the first round hard. I went in for the finish in the second round and he’s caught me with a lovely sweet right hand.
“Now listen, if you get caught on the chin by anyone as hard as that with those 8 ounce gloves on you’re likely to go down.
“These early fights though are about learning and f*** me, I’ve learned!
“So people might say ‘oh he got dropped’ but I got up and stopped him in the next round. So if anything I think I answered any questions about whether I have a chin or the heart to get up.
“No one wants to get dropped of course but at least it answers the questions in a positive way. And Deakin doesn’t get stopped much either.”
After rattling off two further wins via a one round stoppage and the recent six round points win in Sheffield, the unbeaten Taylor looks to continue his learning curve on the undercard of Darren Barker’s comeback fight in September at North London’s Alexandra Palace.
“The next fight is a 6 rounder and hopefully it’ll be against Dan Carr! I’m going to have a word with him!
“I had 80 amateur fights but in the pros it’s like you’re starting again. I’ve just got to keep working hard and you need a bit of luck on your side too but I’ve got a good team around me, good people.
“Come September I would have been pro a year so I’m moving on quite quickly. Hopefully next year I’ll be fighting for smaller titles and then one day British.
“I’ve just got to keep my hands up and chin down!”
If the likeable Taylor can match his potential with the excitement of his fights, it’s going to be one hell of a ride watching the Upminster fighter progress.
And if you catch the talented 24-year-old’s bout on the bumper Matchroom promotion at Ally Pally in September, you’ll soon see why they call him ‘Crash Bang’.