By Wayne Bartlett: Lightweight prospect Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor will make his first bid for a professional title on March 9, as he takes on fellow unbeaten fighter, Liam Shinkwin.
The vacant Southern Area belt is the strap at stake, and will take place at Wembley Arena on the undercard of Matchroom’s ‘London’s Finest’ promotion.
Next in line for the title following Ben Murphy’s vacation prior to his challenge of Martin Gethin for the British lightweight title, Taylor cannot wait to take on Shinkwin, as well as the longer distance fights.
“I know Liam from a few years back; he knows me and I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a good fight,” said the 24-year-old Upminster fighter.
“I’ve been dying to get into these longer fights. To be honest, the most difficult part of my career has been these early bouts because everything is just one big rush.
“I’ve got a few good early knockouts but four rounds are too quick, it’s only one round more than an amateur fight.”
Shinkwin, whose draw against five wins (no stoppages) came against a common opponent in Ibrar Riyaz before a two-year layoff from the professional ring, will look to seize this chance to ignite his stop-start career.
Last time out the Hertfordshire based 27-year-old avenged that draw with Riyaz via a four round decision in April.
Taylor on the other hand notching up seven wins with three early following a draw on his late weigh-in, cut, and point deducted nightmare debut looks to continue his progress.
Recording in his last three fights a six-round point’s win, a first round stoppage and a ten-round decision last time out in December.
“I went six rounds against Ibrar Riyaz. I had him all over the place in the fifth but he’s a tough man and just hung in there.
“With the ten rounder, I know how much hard work I put in in the gym but sparring is different, and come the fight I got stronger the longer the fight went on. I enjoyed it!”
“I’m progressing every time in the ring and boxing to me is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about the right fights at the right time.
“I’ve only been a pro just over a year so not that long. You’ve got Martin Gethin who’s been a pro for nine years and only just won the British title.
“I turned pro at 23 with a good amateur career, I’ve got a great team around me and I’m coming along nicely.”
Asked about the prospect of either his or Shinkwin’s ‘0 having to go’ on March 9, “It’ll be his one,” said Taylor confidently. “Don’t you worry about that.”