Gunnedah boxers packing a punch

GUNNEDAH pugs Wade Ryan and Daniel Durham are “whacking a real punch” on the competitive Pro Boxing Circuit. 

Last Friday week at the Croatia Club in Punchbowl, Sydney,  Ryan stepped into the ring for his third pro fight against Aswin Cubuay, a seasoned veteran of more than 53 professional bouts.

Posted as the rank outsider in the super middleweight contest, Ryan upstaged Cubuay in a unanimous points decision after four rounds, receiving an overwhelming reception from the packed house.

The outstanding victory will no doubt create plenty of interest in the boxing ranks as Cubuay is a former WBF title holder.

After three professional fights now, Ryan remains undefeated and trainer and promoter David Syphers is negotiating for another fight in March of next year.

As an amateur, Ryan stepped into the ring on 30 occasions, losing only five bouts.

“Wade Ryan is a boxer going places and last Friday night’s win has made plenty of people stand up and take notice,” Syphers said.

“His (Wade’s) tireless efforts in the gym and unrivalled dedication to the sport is now starting to pay dividends,” he added.

Light middleweight Daniel Durham is also making his presence felt in the pro ring after making the move from the amateur ranks last month.

In his debut fight in Sydney four weeks ago against Consintine Gabel, Durham knocked his opponent out two minutes into the first round.

Two weeks ago in Dubbo, he took on Wellington’s Joel Galliere but lost in a controversial split decision.

“I thought I’d done enough to win the fight but one of the three referees didn’t agree,” Durham said.

“I’m training hard in the gym and basically can’t wait to set up my next fight,” he added.

Durham, who has endured more than 20 amateur fights, says he’s relishing the transition to the pro ranks.

“The pro bouts are a whole new ball game,” Durham said.

“The referees don’t protect you as much, there is no head gear, the gloves are smaller but there is money up for grabs,” he said.

In other news, coach and promoter David Syphers announced yesterday that the club would be hosting another Pro Fight Night at the Gunnedah Town Hall on April 27.

The last fight night held at the town hall three months ago attracted more than 500 spectators.

The Gunnedah Boxing Club will go into recess over Christmas and will get back in the ring in early February.

A junior program for under 15s will also swing back into action along with training for the 20-strong senior troupe.

Wade Ryan (left) and trainer David Syphers hard at training in Gunnedah preparing for more professional bouts. Photo: Peter Lorimer

Wade Ryan (left) and trainer David Syphers hard at training in Gunnedah preparing for more professional bouts. Photo: Peter Lorimer