EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua’s protege Shannon Ryan is looking to make a statement in step up clash against European champion Martina Bernile in first fight under Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
- Shannon Ryan faces Martina Bernile on Saturday night at Wembley Arena
- Ryan is one British boxing’s brightest prospects and is represented by AJ
- The 26-year-old is also promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
Unbeaten super-flyweight Shannon Ryan (4-0) is hoping to make a statement in her first fight under the Matchroom Boxing banner.
The 26-year-old faces EBU European flyweight champion Martina Bernile (5-1-1) on June 10 at Wembley Arena in her toughest test to date as a professional.
Bernile comes into the contest seven months removed from her heroic triumph over Justine Lallemand in November, where she snatched the vacant strap, and is now set to move up a weight class to face Ryan in a non-title fight.
Ryan, who has mostly fought journeywomen during the fledgling stages of her stint in the paid ranks, is relishing the opportunity to show her class against a decorated operator.
She told Mail Sport: ‘I’m definitely looking forward to this one. As you said, it’s a step up, so it will be good for me to show where I’m at.
Shannon Ryan signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in April
The 26-year-old faces Martina Bernile on Saturday night in her sixth professional outing
Bernile is the reigning EBU European flyweight champion
Ryan is represented by Anthony Joshua’s 258 management
‘She is coming from the weight below, the previous fights that I have had they have all come from higher up. She has a good record, 5-1-1, and I’m expecting a good fight.
‘This could absolutely project me to title level but for my career we’re in no rush. I think that now I have a promoter behind me, I’m on a good path. So when that title shot does come up we’re ready to take it.’
But only last April, Ryan was working part-time selling phones for O2 before she was given her big break to focus entirely on the sport she loves.
‘I was a full time assistant manager and then I went to part time and then I left last year,’ she said.
‘I was ready to leave to say the least but now that we have partnered together and they’re supporting me in my boxing career that has been a phenomenal journey in itself.’
Speaking about her aspirations, Ryan added: ‘Titles are what everyone wants to achieve and I believe I can do that with the skillset and the backing that I have.
‘So, I’m hoping to get my hands on one in the next three years or so. The female boxers and the Anthony Joshua's protege Shannon Ryan looking to make statement in first fight under Eddie Hearn fights happen so much quicker.
‘The divisions are building so there is more opposition, which is great. I want to fight the best and bring new challenges to myself but my career is more about inspiring others and showing people that if you go after something you can fulfil your purpose.’