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Ryan Hardy is determined to prove a point

Ryan Hardy is determined to prove that his defeat to Nathan Dale was just a one-off as he prepares for his British Masters Title Showdown with Steven Pearce.

The Sheffield welterweight was unbeaten in his opening six professional fights when he stepped in with the highly-rated Dale last November. On that occasion, Dale’s boxing ability and ring nous proved too much for the Sheffield scrapper and a first loss on his previously unblemished record was inflicted.

Now though, 27 year-old Hardy insists he has learned from defeat and will make an immediate return to winning ways when he faces Stourbridge’s Pearce at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, 1st March.

“In all honesty I came up against a very good boxer in Nathan Dale,” Hardy admitted to www.uko-boxing.com. “The kid was so disciplined, calm and collected; I just couldn’t execute my game plan effectively. I learned a lot from the fight though.

“Since I’ve lost to Dale a few people have written me off, so this is a great opportunity to win a belt. I want to show people that that defeat was just a one-off.”

Hardy admits that his clash with Pearce is his biggest to date. Not only is a title on the line but, going into his opponents back yard, he cannot afford a second loss on his record so early into his fledgling career.

“This is the biggest fight so far and I don’t mind going on the road to win a title,” he added. “I enjoy fighting in and around Sheffield but I also enjoyed going on the road for the Dale fight.

“I enjoyed going into someone’s back yard and having his fans boo me. It spurred me on and I can’t wait to do it again. I’ll have a few fans of my own there too, so there will be a great atmosphere in the Town Hall.

“Like any fighter who is ambitious, I don’t want to be going out there and losing two fights in a row. If you get a few defeats on your record, you can soon become labeled as a journeyman. That’s not what I’m in boxing for. I’m in it to win things and I’ll show that against Pearce.”

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.

Pearce versus Hardy tops the bill of a bumper 11-fight card. Also in title action is Walsall’s Luke Paddock who takes on Stoke’s Kevin Hanks for a Bronze Masters belt.

Coventry’s Midlands Area Super Featherweight Champion, Troy James, is chief support to the title fights whilst Dudley light middleweight, Kyle Spencer, is also in action.

Halesowen super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, West Bromwich light middleweight, Tom Stokes, and Wolverhampton Super Featherweight, Des Bowater, feature alongside Stoke’s, Josh McLaren.

Three debutants – Coventry light middleweight, James Montgomery, Birmingham cruiserweight, Ollie Lambert, and Leicester welterweight, Ryandeep Nandha – complete the card.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall.