John A. MacDonald
In just three fights – spread over 17 months – Dave Ryan has gone from small-hall opponent to Commonwealth super-lightweight champion defending his title at London’s O2 Arena and televised live on pay-per-view. The Derby battler will look to repeat the trick when he faces rival John Wayne Hibbert for a third time at the O2 Arena on Saturday after their fight of the year contender in May. Ryan’s achievements are made all the more impressive by the fact that he has overcome injuries, operations and knockdowns to do so, all whilst fighting out of the away corner. “I always wanted to fight on a higher level but never thought I’d be able to fight at the O2 in front of all them people,” Ryan told Boxing Monthly over the phone from his home in Derby.