Liverpool bantamweight Ryan Farrag’s chances of joining the legendary Alan Rudkin as a scouse holder of the EBU belt improved this week when his promoter, Frank Warren, won purse bids for his European title fight against Belgium’s two-time world title challenger Stephane Jamoye.
The likelihood of Farrag fighting for the title in his hometown, probably sometime in the autumn, has suddenly increased – and with it his chance of bursting on to the world scene already occupied by his Everton Red Triangle gymmate, and reigning EBU flyweight champion, Kevin Satchell.
It’s a welcome upturn in fortune for the likeable Liverpudlian, and current English title holder, as a number of recent proposed contests have had to be cancelled, through no fault of his own.
Farrag said: “I’m made up Frank has won the purse bids. I can’t thank him enough. I still can’t believe it. It looks like I will be fighting for the title in front of my own fans and I can’t think of any greater incentive. Frank and Neil [Marsh] have put their faith in me and I don’t aim to let them, or my friends and family, down. Jamoye is a decent fighter. He lost last year to Scot Quigg for the world title so he’s no mug. It’s just what I need as I was getting a bit frustrated after a few fights fell through. Its great news not only for me but for the gym too. We’re flying at the moment and the training and atmosphere in there is fantastic. We’re all bringing each other on, improving all the time, and Paul and Mick [Stevenson] are two of the best coaches around. They’ll make sure I will be spot on for the fight. I can’t wait for it.”
Farrag also revealed that his manager, Neil Marsh, put his management fee for the fight on top of the already strong Frank Warren bid.
Marsh said: “We’ve tried to make a number of fights for Ryan this year but, for a variety of reasons, they never came off. We saw the chance to fight for the European and we took it. Frank stepped up and put in a strong bid to ensure home soil for Ryan and we’d like to publically thank him for that. It’s probably worked out best that Ryan has had a break as he can now concentrate on preparing fully for the Jamoye fight with Paul and Mick. We’ve got great faith he can bring the belt back to Liverpool.”
Marsh added that the title fight could take place in Liverpool in September or October.
In an eight year career, Jamoye has won 28 of 34 contests, his most recent being an eight round points win in Leige in January. Farrag, who thanked his sponsors @peakperformanceliverpool and ket.ltd.uk for all the help they have provided in his career, is scheduled for a warm up contest in Ellesmere Port later this month.