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World Kickboxing Champion Becomes Ireland’s Latest Pro Boxer

David Ryan will switch codes and trades the world of kickboxing for the sweetest of the sciences.

The Shannon man has secured a pro boxing license and will make his professional debut in the near future.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed success in the world of kickboxing winning Irish, European, and World honours, and will now look to transition into the world of boxing.

Ryan teams up with manager Ian Gaughran, who looks after his fellow county men in BUI Celtic Champion Graham McCormack and soon-to-be BUI Celtic title challenger Jamie Morrissey.

Indeed, the Limerick man will make the aforementioned gym and as well as promotional stablemates as he joins the Treaty camp and adopts Shaun Kelly as a coach.

Ryan’s addition to the pro ranks increases the county’s paid contingent. He joins Lee Reeves, Paddy Donovan, Graham McCormack, Edward Donovan, Jason Harty and Jamie Morrissey in the pro ranks.

“David Ryan is the newest member of the team and I genuinely couldn’t be more excited,” Gaughran told Irish-boxing.com.

“He’s 27, is an Irish, European and World Champion kickboxer who has experience of big fights – he won’t be fazed by anything.

“He’s so impressive – he’s relentless, a cardio machine and carries massive power. He sparred up in Dublin with Senan Kelly this week and the two of them went at it – they are both huge prospects and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up fighting for a title in the next year or two,

“David will get busy – he’s still a little raw but is perfect for Shaun and will fight right into the team in Treaty. He owns his own gym, his missus Leona is a fitness fanatic too – plus she boxed – so they live and breath it.

“Another thing is that he is just so calm and cool and confident – there’s nothing novice about him in his mindset – but I suppose that’s what happens when you’ve already tasted success at his level. I’m very excited to be working with him.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com