Don’t believe the hype – Debutant Paul Ryan tells fans to tune so he can impress first hand

Paul Ryan has told fight fans to tune in and see for themselves what the hype is about.

The young Dubliner debuts this Saturday night amidst a degree of fan excitement, which is fueled by his underage amateur achievements and some positive gym stories.

However, the 21-year-old is an ‘actions speaks louder than words’ advocate and wants people to see for themselves what he can do.

The confident debutant is adamant anyone who takes in his paid bow in Bolton this weekend will take sit up and take note.

“I don’t believe in hype. I think people that have seen me just recognize the skill and talent that I have and luckily for me now I get to back it up. I have the chance show it to a huge platform on Saturday night,” Ryan told

“I don’t think I have to worry or put any extra emphasis on standing out once I do what I can do that will happen naturally and people will take notice straight away.”

There has been a wait for Bay City and Mulhuddart graduate to debut. The World Junior bronze and European Schoolboy silver medal winner’s American adventure didn’t work out and since teaming up with MTK he has seen three false starts.

It’s left the Dub itching to get going.

“I’m delighted,” he adds. “It’s been a long long camp almost 4 months of nonstop graft. We’ve had a few bumps in the road but kept the faith and we’re here now.

“I’ve had three date changes first was February 19th that had to get postponed because there was a mess up with the Dubai cards, so we got pushed back to March 19th then the week before that it got postponed again due to unforeseen circumstances but April 17th is the debut all of that is in the past and we’re here now what’s meant to be won’t pass you by.”

“I am dying to get in there I just wanna get fighting and start building some momentum and show everyone what I’m about.”

Ryan debuts against Kyle Hughes [2-2]. The 29-year-old has lost his last two but did make a winning start to pro life. The debutante says it’s a tough but ideal start, he expects the English fighter to come to win and wants that to be the case for the rest of his career.

“I’m expecting someone coming to win. I’ve not watched too much of him I have left that to my coach but he’s 2-2 so he’ll be game. I’m happy about that. I don’t want anyone with a negative record just trying to survive and get rounds I think an opponent like this will bring out the best in me.”

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