Dave ‘Rocky’ Ryan’s camp reckon Darren ‘Skinny Legs’ Hamilton needs a new crystal ball after reading his prediction of this weekend’s battle of the champions in Bethnal Green, London, on SecondsOut.
Ryan, the Midlands Area champion from Derby, and Southern Area boss Hamilton clash at the York Hall on Saturday night.
The vacant British Masters belt is at stake and a crack at the English title could be the reward for the winner.
In an interview on secondsout, Hamilton predicted a seven-round stoppage, claiming that Ryan is a come-forward fighter who he will bust up with jabs.
Clifton Mitchell, manager of Ryan and a former challenger for British and European heavyweight titles, said: “Hamilton thinks he knows Dave Ryan and he doesn’t. He thinks Dave will come to knock him out and that he can run away on his skinny legs poking out jabs and win the fight on cuts.
“But Dave has only been cut once in 15 fights and that was from a clash of heads.
“However Hamilton wants to box, he will lose.”
Mitchell points out that Hamilton’s 8-1 record is built on novices and journeymen and added: “Hamilton was rolling around the floor as though he had won the world title after he beat Peter McDonagh to win the Southern Area title, but McDonagh isn’t the fighter he was.
“Hamilton has never been in the ring with someone like Dave. Hamilton believes he’s better than he is because he’s listening to all the nonsense Spencer ‘The Only Day I Don’t Eat Pork Is Friday Because I’m A Muslim’ Fearon, is telling him.
“What’s he ever done and who has he ever beaten ?”
Ryan’s record is more impressive.
Last month he became the first boxer to hand tough-as-they-come Gavin Deacon a legitimate inside-the-distance defeat and earlier in his career he ended the unbeaten records of both Alby Hunt and Jamie Way and out lasted Leonard Lothian over 10 gruelling rounds to win the Midlands belt.
Mitchell added: “Dave has proved he can punch and box at a good pace over 10 rounds. Hamilton is stepping up a level and he doesn’t know what’s coming. We’re going there to do a job.”
June 17, 2011