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Champ Dave Ryan Does It The Hard Way

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Champ Ryan does it the hard way

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • October 6 2014
Trainer Clifton Mitchell has revealed that new Commonwealth light-welterweight champion Dave Ryan won the title despite an injured elbow that needs surgery.

The 31-year-old from Derby edged an epic contest for the vacant belt as he narrowly outpointed Huddersfield fighter Tyrone Nurse in Leeds on Saturday night.

Ryan (16-8 3KOs) dropped Nurse in both the opening two rounds with crisp jabs, but the Yorkshireman got back up and fought his way back into the fight, before losing out on points 114-113, 114-113, 113-113.

The new champion ended a gruelling fight with his left eye virtually closed, before trainer Mitchell admitted he also had a problem with his right arm.

"He has been boxing in probably his last eight fights with one arm, " Mitchell exclusively told sportinglife.com.

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