The latest edition of BoxRec News’s debutant watch series heads north of the border to feature Scotland’s Ryan Collins. Ryan hopes that making the transition into the professional game at just 18 years old will benefit his career further down the line as he attempts to emulate a successful amateur career in the paid ranks. Ryan will make his debut in the super-featherweight division on Saturday night in Glasgow.
What made you want to start boxing?
“It was about five years ago and my next door neighbour was doing boxing so I just thought I would go along and try it out. I loved it and have never looked back since.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I used to stay up and watch the big fights with my dad. I enjoyed watching Mike Tyson’s fights when I was younger.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“I had 70 bouts in my amateur career. I fought out of the Irvine Vineburgh ABC who always used to keep me really active. I travelled around the country to places like Manchester fighting against lads from their local gyms. I think our club inspired other Scottish clubs to make the trip down south to get more fights and more experience. I won the novice championships and won some district youth titles. The highlight was winning three Scottish titles.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“I have done what I wanted to do as an amateur. I feel if you learn your trade young then by the time I am 21 or 22 I should have gained enough experience to be fighting for the likes of a Scottish title or something. Now I have to learn the professional game as I have served my amateur apprenticeship.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“Training wise I don’t see much difference, I was in the gym almost every day as an amateur and I expect to be in the pro’s too. The main difference is the way you have to plant for feet as a pro to generate more power in your punches. In the amateur sport you had to keep your weight constant as you fought so often, now as a pro you have time to get down to your fighting weight.“
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I am studying sport and fitness at college at the moment. I usually have a run in the morning before college and then hit the gym after college."
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I can box both ways, I can be a counter puncher or fight on the front foot, it depends who im up against. I do like to keep busy when im fighting. I will be bringing my speed and footwork with me from when I was fighting in the amateurs."
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“Everyone’s dream when they turn pro is to be a world champion, but realistically I would like to win a Scottish title. After that anything can happen."