Farrag ready to storm Europe
Ryan Farrag has had to sit and bide his time, but on Friday night - after months of waiting - the biggest fight of his career will take place in Liege.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian (13-1, 2 KOs) leaves behind his English bantamweight title as well as the various six and eight-round learners that have helped shape his career to contest the vacant European 118lbs championship against Stephane Jamoye.
The Belgian (28-6, 16 KOs), who will be fighting in front of home support at the Hall Omnisport de La Prealle, aims to recapture the title he held three years ago. Farrag has no qualms about Liege’s version of a lion’s den, but revealed the contest was due to take place in the UK earlier in the year.
“It was originally supposed to be over here, but - when we left [former manager] Neil [Marsh] - without me knowing it went back to purse bids. I didn’t know because I didn’t have a manager at the time so they [Jamoye’s team] were the only ones who bid and they won the bid so we’re over there, but it makes no odds to me. I’ll go over there and bring it back,” Farrag told Boxing Monthly on Monday.
Farrag, who arrived in Belgium on Wednesday for his first ever visit to the country, has only two KOs on his record but aims to take matters out of the judges’ hands and wants to be only the second man to beat Jamoye in his homeland.
“I’m not going to go in there swinging, but I am going over there to knock him out to be honest,” Farrag predicted.
“I don’t want to leave it in the hands of the judges and I believe I’m capable of the knockout with the way his style is. I hope he’s going to come forward because I think he’ll walk on to a big shot quite early.”
Inactive for 10 months, Farrag saw a British title shot against Ross Burkinshaw taken away from him, but has turned a potential negative into a positive.
“I’ve been in the gym all year. I haven’t really had no time off. I’ve been doing plenty of sparring and stuff like that. Jamoye himself only fought in January so we’re in a similar place,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to getting over there and getting in there.”
Farrag’s desperation to cure his itchy knuckles is at bursting point. A win against Jamoye, who has mixed in notable company such as Tomoki Kameda, Jamie McDonnell, Leo Santa Cruz, Shinsuke Yamanaka and Scott Quigg, will catapult the now MGM-managed Farrag (but still trained at Everton Red Triangle) to new heights.
“It’ll be good to beat someone of that level who has been in there with them type of fighters,” Farrag told BM. “The rewards for winning this are immense. As I said, I can’t wait to go over there and do the business and bring the belt back. I’ve got the answers for him on the night and I just can’t wait to get in there.
“I’ve got this big opportunity now and I have to take it.”