John Ryder: It’s a dream of mine to fight at Wembley

LONDON (January 26, 2011) - Islington’s newest boxing star John “Gorilla” Ryder is looking forward to fulfilling a boyhood dream on Saturday 19th February. The Arsenal fan who made the switch to the pro ranks in September last year is relishing at the thought of making his Wembley Arena debut on the undercard of the Lenny Daws vs. Ashley Theophane and John O’Donnell vs. Craig Watson British title double header.

Ryder has been preparing for his 3rd pro fight by sparring Southern Area title challenger Daniel Cadman and training alongside the likes of Darren Barker, Lenny Daws and John O’Donnell .

“Fighting at Wembley is what dreams are made of when you’re a kid, you dream of boxing at these large arenas and to be involved in a show this size and fighting alongside some of the best fighters in Europe so early on in your career, it’s really a dream come true and a real confidence booster, you learn so much.”

“I'm just relishing the chance to get out there and put in to practise all of the hard work from the gym and this will also be my first six rounder.”

I’m hoping to keep on making steady progress and get some rounds under my belt in 2011.” Added Ryder.

This great night of Championship boxing will be headlined by two British title fights, the first title fight of the night will see Morden’s Lenny Daws looking to defend his British Light Welterweight title for a 3rd time and secure the Lonsdale belt outright when he squares up against Paddington’s Ashley Theophane.

The second British title up for grabs on the night will be for the welterweight crown, this will be contested between Shepherd’s Bush resident John O’Donnell and Craig Watson of Manchester. These two last meet back in April 2009 and produced 12 exciting rounds of boxing in which O’Donnell was crowned the new Commonwealth champion.

To add spice to this already great event, Heavyweight Sensation Tyson Fury will be in a 10 round Special Attraction fight, opponent to be confirmed.

Colchester’s Commonwealth title challenger Lee "Lights Out" Purdy will be in back in action defending his Southern Area title against former British title challenger Michael Lomax of Chingford.

Joining these fighters at Wembley will be a host of talented young boxers including Haddenham’s Tornado Tyler Goodjohn, Phill Fury of Lancaster, Chris “Flash” Evangelou of Enfield and his bother Andreas Evangelou who will be making his pro debut.


Tickets are on sale NOW from the following box offices priced at £100, £75, £40 and £30.

Please note: Family tickets are also available from the Wembley Box Office.

Wembley Arena, 24hr Box Office Call 0844 815 0815

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International Heavyweight Contest

10 x 3 min rounds

Tyson Fury vs. TBA

British Light Welterweight title

12 x 3 min rounds

Lenny Daws (Champion) vs. Ashley Theophane

British Welterweight Title

12 x 3 min rounds

John O’Donnell vs. Craig Watson

Southern Area Welterweight Title

10 x 3 min rounds

Lee Purdy vs. Michael Lomax

Middleweight Contest

6 x 3 min rounds

John Ryder vs. TBA

Light Welterweight Contest

6 x 3 min rounds

Tyler Goodjohn vs. TBA

Light Welterweight Contest

4 x 3 min rounds

Chris Evangelou vs. TBA

Light Middleweight Contest

4 x 3 min rounds

Phill Fury vs. TBA

Article posted on 26.01.2011

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