Ryan Fields is a twenty three year old welterweight from Derbyshire. He is already ranked in the top sixty welterweights in the United Kingdom and will certainly be in the hunt for titles in the very near future.
He currently has a professional record of six wins, one draw and just two defeats, but that isn’t the whole story. His first defeat came on his professional debut when he fought in Scotland against Sammy Hill. Although he lost the fight on points, many feel that he won the fight and the referee’s scorecard was wrong.
His second defeat came against the Swedish prospect Anthony Yigit (who has a record of fourteen wins, one draw and no defeats) in Denmark, just a week after he had won a four round point decision against Carl Allen in Sheffield. Despite his two loses, Fields is slowly but surely working his way up the rankings and is some what avoided on the small hall shows scene.
InstantBoxing.com’s Luke Madeira has spoken to Ryan and here is what he had to say:
How do you assess your professional career so far?
It’s been good. I’ve had a couple of loses but I’ve learnt from them. I’m learning all the time. My next fight will only be my tenth so I just need to keep learning.
How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
I can do anything really. I can box on the back foot but I like to go forward and put pressure on. If I’ve got to take the fight on the back foot I will do. I can also mix it up with body shots as well.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
Yeah. When I turned pro I had had fifty amateur fights so it took me a while to get into it because it is different. In the amateur its a lot more pitter patter, where as now its more planting your feet and trying to get them out of there. I’m finding it different but it’s good.
How do you find training as a professional?
It’s hard. I work a full time job as well as a tarmacer so it’s difficult. Nine until five I’m working as well as doing my runs and going to the gyms. I still train twice a day but Monday to Friday I leave the house at eight in the morning and get back at eight at night. It’s hard for me but hopefully things are starting to pay off now.
You’ve had two losses early on in your career so far, did they affect you a lot at the time?
No not really. I took the fight in Scotland in my first fight and I thought I won the fight. A lot of people did. When you’re fighting away it’s harder to get the decision. Then I fought a Swedish Olympian in Denmark in my first six rounder which was a big step up but I held my own. After that I got asked to go out there and train with him for two weeks so I got a lot of sparring and training under Joey Gamache. That helped me a lot.
Your last loss was over a year ago, are you starting to build up some momentum now?
Yes I’m coming up to ten fights now and I keep trying to get out on away shows but nobody wants to fight me. They all want to protect their records and fight journeymen and be 15-0. Nobody wants to take the risk of fighting me. I box because I want to fight, not to walk around telling people that I’m a boxer. I do it because I want to. There’s nobody that I won’t fight and If i get a call to take a fight I will take it. I’ve been offered a few fights and I’ve said yes, and a lot of the guys just won’t take them. I just want to be busy. I’m fighting on October 4th and hopefully I’ll get a couple more in this year before Christmas.
You fought to a draw against Joe Lovell and then in the rematch stopped him three months later. Did that draw spur you on to prove that you were better than him?
Yeah he was a very tricky kid and he was a good fighter. I thought I won the first fight and in the rematch we came back, worked on things and it payed off big time because I stopped him in the fifth round. It was a good performance in the end and it was probably the best performance from me so far. People can see that I’m learning and getting better with every fight.
Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?
Probably Anthony Yigit from Denmark. He’s got two titles now and he is ranked quite highly so it’s got to be him. He’s definitely a name to watch out for.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Just fighting in front of the fans really. It’s nice when people recognise you in the street and say “Are you Ryan Fields?”. It’s great when people want pictures with you and spurs you on a bit. The win against Lovell was a big win for me. If I had lost that one after I had already drawn to him where would I have gone from there?
What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?
British title. I would love to to fight for the British title. Even the Area title I just want to get titles behind me and be the first person from round here to do it.
Where do you see yourself in a years time?
I would like to be mixing with the big names in Britain. I’m fifty odd in the rankings so to be about twenty or thirty would be good and looking for some big domestic fights.
Are you looking to keep active in the next year?
Yes of course, Dave Coldwell will tell you. I want to be as busy as I can. When I fought in Denmark, I had fought the week before in Sheffield and it wouldn’t bother me if Dave said after my next fight I was fighting against the next week and then the week after. I want to fight as much as I can but there’s nobody out there that wants to fight me. Everyone wants to do it the easy way but I don’t, I want to do it the hard way.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15